Known as the ‘Boogeyman’, Tony Ferguson is a one-of-a-kind athlete. The American was born on February 12, 1984. Notably, he is regarded as the most complete mixed martial artist on the planet.
Tony won the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) National championship in 2006 and the NCWA All American championship in 2007. Moreover, he holds a Black belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu under Eddie Bravo.
Ferguson started training in MMA in 2007. Since then, he has competed in both lightweight and welterweight. As of now, it looks like Ferguson has found a home in the lightweight division. He officially debuted in UFC on the finale of The Ultimate Fighter season 13, the season where he won.
He defeated Kevin Lee to become the interim- lightweight champion of the UFC. However, he was later stripped of the title because of a gruesome injury. However, even today, fans refer to him as the ‘People’s Champion.’
Ferguson has destroyed his opponents throughout his career. Additionally, his high pace and pressure make it difficult for his opponents to catch up to him.
Over the years, Ferguson has developed a style difficult to beat. He is the most unorthodox and unpredictable fighter in the UFC. While most fighters don’t like to be put on their backs, Ferguson thrives on that position. He has vicious elbows and slick submissions in his arsenal. Further, he is famous for his D’arce chokes. Apart from his ground game, he has very underrated striking.
Prior to his fight with Justin Gaethje, Ferguson was on a twelve-fight win streak. He attempted to capture the interim title again, but Gaethje stopped him in his tracks.
Ferguson has won the Fight of the Night Bonus six times and Performance of the Night bonus 3 times. He won the Submission as well as Knockout of the Night bonus one time.
Tony also won the 2018 Fight of the Year award. Besides that, he has won many championships in wrestling and other MMA promotions.
Tony Ferguson has earned $2,714,000 from his UFC career. His highest payday came through his match with Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight championship, in which he made around $530,000. This does not include undisclosed bonuses.
According to Ferguson, he did not get many sponsorships with his previous management company, Paradigm Sports. This led him to switch to Ballengee Group. With a new team, Ferguson announced sponsorship deals from companies like RDX Sports and Monster.
|Born||12 February 1984|
|Gym||10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu|
|Height||5ft 11 in|
|Weight/ Division||155 lbs (Lightweight), 170 lbs (Welterweight)|
|Reach||76 ½ inches|
|Active Win Streak||0|
|Wins by Stoppage (Submissions & KO/TKO)||20 (12 KO/TKOs & 8 Submissions)|
|Estimated Net Worth||Over $2 million|
|Endorsements||RDX Sports, Monster, Reebok|