Here Are the Achievements of Tony Ferguson Ahead of UFC 262

Published 04/30/2021, 7:13 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 05: Tony Ferguson poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ferguson will fight Anthony Pettis in a lightweight bout at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


UFC will host its next full capacity crowd event on 15 May inside the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. It will mark the return of the fan’s favorite Nate Diaz against Leon Edwards. Plus, the vacant lightweight title will be on the line when Charles Oliveira will battle Michael Chandler in the main event. One more crucial fight that will grab the fan’s attention is Tony Ferguson versus Beneil Dariush.

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Tony Ferguson is one of the most skilled and unique fighters the world has ever seen. He comes with an impressive record of 25 wins and 5 losses with 12 T (KO) and 8 submission stoppages.

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After losing his last couple of fights ‘El Cucuy’ needs to turn the tables by getting his name in the winner’s column. However, the losses have not taken away anything from his vast list of accomplishments.

Pre UFC achievements

As a college student, Ferguson won the 2006 National Collegiate Wrestling Association national wrestling championship in the 165-lbs division.

Before making it to the UFC, ‘El Cucuy’ also held the Pure Combat MMA welterweight title. He beat Brock Jardine via a fourth-round TKO and made his way to The Ultimate Fighter.

Tony Ferguson- The Ultimate Fighter winner

‘El Cucuy’ became The Ultimate Fighter of season 13 by knocking out his opponent Ramsey Nijem in the grand finale. Ferguson represented team Lesnar against team Dos Santos. Before becoming the Ultimate Fighter, he defeated Justin Edwards, Ryan McGillivray, and Chuck O’Neil to solidify his place in the finals.

The 12-fight win streak in the UFC and other UFC achievements

Tony Ferguson registered a 12-fight UFC win streak. As of now, it is level with Amanda Nunes‘ UFC win streak. ‘El Cucuy’ sits on number eight in the longest UFC win streak list, just one win below his rival, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

In the UFC, Ferguson has earned multiple bonuses. These include six Fight of the Night, three Performances of the Night, one Submission of the Night, and a KO of the Night. They have come against the likes of Edson Barboza, Rafael dos Anjos, Anthony Pettis, Donald Cerrone, Justin Gaethje, and more.

The Interim Champion Tony Ferguson

Tony Ferguson became the Interim champion of the lightweight division when he defeated Kevin Lee back in 2017. The fighter was close and competitive, Lee was controlling the pace in the third round until ‘El Cucuy’ hooked him in a triangle choke. Lee finally tapped in the last minute of the last round, making Ferguson the Interim Champion.  

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Tony Ferguson interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Even after his two consecutive losses, the 37-year-old is ranked number five in the lightweight rankings. The 13-year-veteran knows retirement is around the corner and he will look to add to this impressive list of achievements before walking away.

This is a crucial time for the former Interim champion. A win over Dariush will put him back into the mix, whereas a loss could make him retire.

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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