Tony Ferguson Posts a Message for His Fans- Vows to Make Better Decisions

Published 01/03/2021, 6:00 AM EST


El Cucuy” Tony Ferguson has endured the worst year of his professional career in 2020. Ferguson lost to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249, then to Charles Oliveira at UFC 256. For the first time in his stellar career, Ferguson suffered two back-to-back losses.

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Many believe the best days of him are behind Ferguson as he is on a decline. Considering he is at 36 now, those concerns are not out of the blue. However, Ferguson is a different animal altogether. He might have lost consecutive bouts, but it was his decisions that let him down rather than his ability.

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Ferguson was originally scheduled to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 249. But ‘The Eagle’ had to withdraw due to coronavirus travel restrictions. The event was postponed too. Ferguson strangely decided to do a test weight cut on the original weigh-in’s date. Three weeks later he had to cut weight again as Justin Gaethje stepped in to replace Nurmagomedov.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – MAY 09: Tony Ferguson (L) of the United States looks to punch Justin Gaethje (R) of the United States in their Interim lightweight title fight during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 9, 2020, in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

Naturally, he was slower than his usual self and the speed difference was visible throughout. Before his fight against Oliveira, Ferguson totally revamped his crew. He decided for a fresh start and clearly, that didn’t help him. “El Cucuy” was strategically outclassed by “Do Bronx”.

Tony Ferguson needs to make better decisions for a better 2021

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Ferguson remains an exceptional fighter despite his recent skid. His skills are not something to be doubted, rather it’s his peculiar decisions that have let him down. He needs to have a solid team around him, and needs to make smart decisions as age catches up with him.

He doesn’t have a lot of time left in his fighting career. And, if he leaves away without ever fighting for the undisputed UFC gold, it will be an injustice to his illustrious career. The former interim champion needs a good year in 2021 to be back in title contention. He just didn’t look like his former self in his last 2 fights.

“El Cucuy” needs to find the root of his problems and fix those holes as soon as possible. Fans can only hope Ferguson will return in his usual terminator fashion this year. His Instagram post is a sign that he will look to make 2021 different.

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What do you make of Ferguson’s message? Who should he fight next?

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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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