“Stay in Your Boots”- Fans Terrified for Tony Ferguson After Shavkat Rakhmonov Callout Amid Undefeated Star’s Request for UFC 294 or 295 Fight

Published 09/21/2023, 10:13 AM EDT

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Tony Ferguson the type of guy to lose six fights in a row and want to fight an undefeated fighter for his next fight. One of the most loved fighters by fans in UFC history, Ferguson has become a shell of his former self. While he still remains a big star for the company, a large part of the fandom wishes he hung up his boots.

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But, it seems ‘The Boogeyman’ has still not lost his unique sense of humor or his confidence and swag, which had endeared him to the UFC world in the first place. Recently, on his social media, the Californian jokingly posted a fight poster against an up-and-coming undefeated fighter, which had fans horrified.

Tony Ferguson posts a fight poster of him against Shavkat Rakhmanov


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Tony Ferguson posted a fake poster of him against #6 ranked welterweight Shavkat Rakhmanov, who has expressed a desire to fight at UFC 294 or 295, at UFC Fight Night: Fiziev vs. Gamrot on September 23 his Instagram Story. He joked that he was apparently facing ‘Nomad’ this weekend and hoped he could make weight, before confessing he was joking, and didn’t even know who the Kazakh was.


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“Soooooo,… Guess I’m Fighting This Weekend! Hope I Make Weight” the former interim lightweight champion wrote as a caption on one Story. “Jussssst Kiddin’ Who Is This Guy Anyways!?!” he wrote in the next Instagram Story.


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Fans react to Ferguson’s poster

Fans, of course, were not amused and most felt that this would not be a good idea and Ferguson would lose to the Kazakh. Here is what some of what they had to say.

One fan playfully picked Ferguson:

“Tony by ancklepick”

Another felt it would be Ferguson’s last fight:

“That would literary your last fight…stay in your boots old man”

Another commented that a prime Ferguson would defeat Rakhmanov easily:

“prime tony slices him”

One user thought his losing streak would be extended if he fought him:

“Tony is the type of guy who just want 12 fight losing streak”

Another thought a prime Ferguson would give the Kzakh a good fight:

“Prime tony vs shavkat will be very interesting match”

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Another was sad at seeing him lose so much, and hoped he would retire:

“I don’t enjoy watching him lose anymore. Hope he makes the right decision soon.”

Another thought the UFC will probably make it happen:


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“Knowing Dana, he will probably make this disaster happen.”

One fan confessed his horror at the prospect of the fight:

“Yea I got terrified for a sec”


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Clearly, fans are not interested at the prospect of Fergus0n fighting Rakhmanov and would rather see him hang up his gloves. And given his recent record and the shocking drop in his performance, it is difficult to disagree.

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Written by:

Kanishk Thakur


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Kanishk Thakur is an MMA writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in political science from Delhi University, his love for writing and MMA made him want to be part of telling the story of the sport. His journalist mother and love for philosophy and research inculcated a staunch rationalism in him, and the need to substantiate every statement he makes with good evidence.
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