Tony Ferguson Says Two-Fight Skid Was a Learning Experience – Was It?

Published 04/13/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 05: Tony Ferguson poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ferguson will fight Anthony Pettis in a lightweight bout at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Former Interim Lightweight champion Tony Ferguson is getting ready for his next bout at UFC 262. He will face Beneil Dariush, who is probably the most underrated fighter in the division. This fight looks like a must-win for the former Interim champion, as he is on a wretched 2-fight losing streak. These included his losses to Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira, where he got dominated for 5 rounds by both his opponents.

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‘El Cucuy’ joined Kacper Rosolowski and Denis Shkuratov from Submission Radio, where he discussed his last two losses and how it became a learning experience for him.

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‘El Cucuy’ says, “It was the best learning experience I probably could have ever had. And the best thing that was for me and my family.” Ferguson openly admits that his losses are all his fault and had nothing to do with the coaching.

“It had nothing to do with coaches or anything else. That was like seriously I take all the fault and all my blame.”

Tony Ferguson is coming with a changed approach

Before losing his last 2 fights, Tony Ferguson was on a record-breaking 12 fight winning streak. This was the longest streak by a UFC fighter in the Lightweight division. But former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has officially broken the record with his 13 fight win streak in the UFC.

Ferguson commented on his changed team and his approach from the last fight, as he is now training with Freddie Roach at Wild Card Boxing Club.

“I completely changed my approach at it. I went to- instead of a varsity mentality- I went back to an Olympic mentality. And I started surrounding myself around people that were hungry, how I am and how they have been for a long time. And I started to find myself over a wild card a lot easier because that’s where knew I could find that kind of grind”.

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)

Fans are hoping to see a new version of Ferguson with improved techniques and a new game plan. There is no doubt about the toughness and the heart of ‘El Cucuy’, but fighters need more than just toughness. They need to be clever with their approach and avoid taking damage by any means necessary.

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Ferguson is 37 years old. Therefore, he needs a quick momentum shift in the last closing stages of his career.

Do you think Tony Ferguson will present a master class performance against Beneil Dariush?

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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