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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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