‘Take a Step Back’: Daniel Cormier Urges Tony Ferguson to Fight Lower Ranked Fighters

Published 05/18/2021, 10:37 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Tony Ferguson of the United States prepares to fight Justin Gaethje of the United States prior to their Interim lightweight title fight during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)


Tony Ferguson recently lost his third fight in a row when he faced Beneil Dariush at the UFC 262 event. ‘El Cucuy’ was looking to bounce back after suffering two back-to-back defeats in 2020. However, this was not the case, as Dariush won the fight via a unanimous decision.

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Following Fergusons’ defeat, people from all around the world shared their opinions on his future. Many believe that Ferguson is past his prime and should consider retirement. Recently during an interview UFC legend, Daniel Cormier talked about what he thinks Ferguson should do next.

Speaking to Helwani, Ferguson said, “Yeah, Tony needs a guy that is a lit bit back in terms of the rankings. The problem is, he is fighting at lightweight where the guys that are even back in the rankings are absolute savages.

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“I mean think Islam Makhachev just busted into the top 10, he’s just No 10 now, so when you start getting back around No. 15 who’s No.15 guys like Drew Dober, who’s an absolute savage.”

Before his loss to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249, Ferguson was undefeated in his last 12 UFC fights spanning over 8 years. Therefore, if Ferguson fights a lower-ranked fighter it would be beneficial for both. Cormier talked about the same.

“I mean it’s gonna take a big step back, but those guys that are that step back are looking at Tony Ferguson and going, that is my stepping stone into the rankings. So it’s a tough situation.”

Daniel Cormier believes Tony Ferguson is more aware now

While many fighters have lost three fights in a row, it is the manner in which Ferguson has lost them that worries everyone. Ferguson did not seem to be giving any difficulties to his opponents, and that is a cause of concern.

However, DC talked about how he recently had a talk with ‘El Cucuy’ and that how he is more aware now.

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“Talking to Tony last week, he is much more aware of everything; he gave up a lot of the control of his training to new coaches and old coaches, he’s doing the right things, it’s just a matter of him finding a way to reinvent himself to a degree to find success. Because it’s not like he is just losing, he’s not having much success at all in there,” said Cormier.

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What do you think is Tony Ferguson done for or will ‘El Cucuy’ return to the Octagon one more time?

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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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