The Real Reason Why Tony Ferguson Carries a Baseball With Him

Published 05/13/2021, 12:15 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: Tony Ferguson smiles during his fight against Anthony Pettis at UFC 229 at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Hans Gutknecht/Digital First Media/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)


Tony Ferguson is one of the most unique characters in all of MMA. The former UFC interim lightweight champion differs from the rest of the pack with his training methods, fighting style, and also the way he carries himself. Not all fighters carry a baseball with them wherever they go. But Ferguson does.

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Ferguson has been a decorated athlete since his college days. He had played multiple sports for his institution. American Football, baseball, and wrestling were the sports he had flourished most during those days. Maybe that is one of the reasons behind him carrying his baseball.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Tony Ferguson poses for photos during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

The gesture confuses a lot of people as the real motive behind his action is not so well known. But one can guess his background in playing baseball has to do something with that.

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Tony Ferguson and his baseball: what’s the motive behind his bizarre action?

From press conferences to face-offs or even weigh-ins, the baseball is always there with ‘El Cucuy’. So, naturally, it has risen curiosity in the mind of people to know the real motive. Ferguson was set to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 249. During the press conference of the event, he was asked actually why he carried his baseball.

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: Tony Ferguson looks on while competing against Anthony Pettis in their lightweight bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

In case he runs,‘ was Ferguson’s blunt response. It’s hard to imagine him using it on an opposition. But once again, with ‘El Cucuy’, nothing is off the charts. Ferguson is the type of guy to have his own solution to problems. So, maybe he has some sort of plan that others can’t quite understand.

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Ferguson eventually faced Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 after Nurmagomedov couldn’t travel to the United States due to travel restrictions at Russia regarding coronavirus. At the face-off of the pay-per-view, Gaethje said to the handful present in the room, “Carnage will ensue, my friends.’ ‘Let’s play ball,‘ was what ‘El Cucuy‘ had to say.

Ferguson fights Beneil Dariush in a very important fight in his career. He is currently on a 2-fight skid for the first time in his illustrious career. Yet another setback will probably put an end to his aspirations of capturing the undisputed UFC gold. But, the pressure can also bring out the best in him as he thrives under these conditions. If his baseball has any involvement during the event, remains to be seen.

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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