‘He’s Got Some Work to Do’- Daniel Cormier Speculates Tony Ferguson’s Future in UFC After Two Straight Losses

Published 01/23/2021, 10:13 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 06: Tony Ferguson reacts to his victory over Abel Trujillo in their lightweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Tony Ferguson had a torrid 2020. The former UFC interim lightweight champion lost 2 straight fights for the first time in his career. At UFC 249, Justin Gathje ended his 8 years’ unbeaten run as he stopped Ferguson in the 5th round. At UFC 256 Charles Oliveira earned a unanimous decision win over Ferguson after dominating him for 3 rounds. Many believe Ferguson’s time at the top is coming to an end as father time is finally taking a toll on his performances.

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In a recent interview with Helen Yee, Daniel Cormier spoke about the topic. The former two-division UFC champion said, “he’s got some work to do. I think Tony has some work to do now, which is a very unfamiliar place for him. You know, he was 12 wins in a row before he lost to Justin and it’s sad for Tony because every time he and Khabib were scheduled, somebody fell out. Tony’s like next man up. Next man up. And as we have seen on a number of occasions, that next man up type of attitude eventually catches up to you. And that’s exactly what happened to Tony.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – MAY 09: Tony Ferguson (L) of the United States looks to punch Justin Gaethje (R) of the United States in their Interim lightweight title fight during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 9, 2020, in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

Cormier also predicted a possible next opponent for Ferguson. He said, “he’s got some work to do. I think he’s gonna catch one of the losers of all these fights that are happening, you know, whoever loses in the main event, whoever loses in the CO main event.” The UFC 257 pay-per-view will feature two enticing lightweight clashes in the main event and co-main event spots.

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Tony Ferguson is still a world-class fighter

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Despite his recent slump, ‘El Cucuy‘ remains one of the top fighters in the world. It’s his decisions that have let him down rather than his skills. He will be looking to correct those errors and come back stronger in 2021. At 36, he doesn’t have a lot of time left at the top. Ferguson will look to have a triumphant 2021 and eventually challenge for the UFC gold this year.

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)

If Ferguson can finally achieve the elusive UFC gold will be seen. But there’s no doubt about his championship caliber. Is Daniel Cormier right about his take on Tony Ferguson? Whos should ‘El Cucuy’ fight next?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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