Looking Back at Tony Ferguson’s Greatest UFC Victories

Published 05/03/2021, 7:39 AM EDT
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 has been one of the best lightweight fighters in the world for the last decade. Before his loss to Justin Gaethje, Ferguson was undefeated in his last 12 fights spanning over 8 years. While ‘El Cucuy’ might not have the lightweight championship yet, the fighter has had some glorious victories in the UFC.

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Tony Ferguson’s victory at UFC 229

‘El Cucuy’ finally returned to action at UFC 229, after being away for almost a year. He faced Anthony Pettis in what went down as one of the best fights of the night. Ferguson won the first round by the narrowest margins. However, Pettis came back with a bang in the second, almost knocking him out.

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That is when we saw the real ‘El Cucuy’ as Ferguson showed why he many consider him as one of the best in the business. The fight ended after Pettis had to pull out of the fight because of a broken hand.

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Tony Ferguson wins the interim UFC lightweight title

Ferguson faced Kevin Lee at the UFC 216 event. The pair fought for the interim UFC lightweight title, and what a fight it was.

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)

As the bout started, ‘The Motown Phenom’, who seemed to be in great form, instantly got the upper hand. Lee, who was the bigger fighter, had the advantage inside the cage. However, Ferguson slowly started coming back into the fight and used his unorthodox style to surprise Lee.

The third round was the one where Ferguson really got into his own. He broke Lee’s nose, and after that, it was all Ferguson. Lee, who tried to fight back, even landed a takedown, but Ferguson let the world see his pedigree as he locked in a fight-ending triangle to secure his tenth win in a row.

Ferguson’s amazing victory against Donald Cerrone

After spending some time away from the Octagon, Ferguson returned to action at the UFC 238 event to face Cerrone. Although ‘Cowboy’ was in good form, people expected Ferguson to come out on top relatively comfortably.

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Cerrone tried to get an advantage early by attacking Ferguson from the get-go. But ‘El Cucuy’, who was up to the task, blocked everything the veteran fighter threw at him.

Ferguson went through the first round, but in the second round, we saw him constantly hit Cerrone with jabs that busted his nose open. The fight had to be stopped after the second round, and Ferguson was awarded a victory via TKO.

Tony Ferguson beating Rafael dos Anjos

At The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale, Ferguson faced one of his toughest opponents to date. ‘El Cucuy’ had won his last 8 fights and was in great form, although facing a former champion was going to be a tough task.

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The fight went on for 5 rounds, and even though Dos Anjos showed his class, Ferguson’s unorthodox style was too much for the former champion to handle.

Ferguson ended up winning the fight via a unanimous decision, while also bagging another Fight of the Night bonus.

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Which one of Tony Ferguson’s wins do you feel was his best?

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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