Tony Ferguson Explains How He Got the Name ‘El Cucuy’

Published 04/30/2021, 11:55 AM 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 all set to face Beneil Dariush in one of the most important Lightweight fights of the year. Ferguson is returning to action on the back of two losses and would be looking to get back to winning ways. As ‘Él Cucuy’ prepares to take on Dariush, we take a look at how he got the famed nickname.

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Recently during an interview, Ferguson was talking about the origins of his name, “It’s a scary figure man, It is what it is, my first trainer he tells me you look like the boogeyman like El Cucuy and funny coz it’s because it brings back the heritage, people try too hard for them to realize I am Mexican, my last name is Ferguson.

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A nickname is much more than just a randomly given word to describe a fighter. A fighter’s nickname is something that reflects their personality, their heritage, or their style of fighting. And Ferguson’s nickname honors his heritage while also describing him completely.

“My coach he says alright man you look like El Cucuy, you look like the boogeyman, you got the crazy ears.” Ferguson continued, “you got some long a** arms, you got big old hands.”

Ferguson’s fighting style, appearance, and persona all suit his nickname. The fighter’s performance and antics inside the ring have resulted in his fans loving his nickname. Ferguson himself is also very proud of his nickname and thinks it suits him perfectly.

Ferguson reminisces about the time his coach first gave him the name, “These kids next door they were training misbehaving and he was telling them like hey you better watch out or I’m gonna stick that guy on you, he’s El Cucuy, he’s your worst nightmare, worse than the boogyman, it fits perfect.

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What next for Tony Ferguson?

Tony Ferguson is all set to compete at the UFC 262 event with Dariush, and this fight will be very important in determining how Él Cucuy proceeds in the lightweight division.

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The former interim UFC lightweight champion is currently ranked No.5 in the UFC men’s lightweight rankings and a victory against the No.9 ranked Dariush will certainly help him a lot. Ferguson has time and again justified his nickname by performing splendidly inside the Octagon. And now we can’t wait to see Él Cucuy’ back in action once more.

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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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