Tony Ferguson’s Big Blunder Before Taking On Paddy Pimblett at UFC 296 Revealed, and It Involves David Goggins, Claims UFC Expert

Published 11/26/2023, 8:24 PM EST

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Tony Ferguson is incredibly sincere about making a comeback. So much so that he has decided to train with the toughest man on Earth. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Ferguson was training with David Goggins to prepare for fighting Paddy Pimblett. Will this give him the edge he needs?

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The question then is, why? Goggins is an athlete of perhaps the highest level. Achieving ridiculous feats of athleticism like setting the record for the most pull-ups in 17 hours at one point- a number even higher than 4,000. But how can Goggins help Ferguson with Mixed Martial Arts? He’s not a fighter at all. Here’s the take of a UFC veteran.

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Michael Bisping is known for having very interesting breakdowns of situations in the UFC world. The former middleweight champ had to weigh in on the situation with Goggins and Ferguson. He was of the opinion that perhaps training with Goggins is much better suited to anyone other than combat athletes about to go into a fight.

“. . . he’s training with David Goggins. I don’t get it. I don’t understand that,” said Bisping in a live video on his YouTube channel. “Listen if you wanna go out there and you wanna run ultramarathons, you wanna run across Africa, you wanna go to the top of the Himalayas. Get involved with David Goggins. Jon Jones had him. I’m sure he’s very good at giving a speech . . . I don’t think Tony necessarily needs that.”

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Bisping makes a good point. He also points out how Ferguson is one of the highest levels of a combat athlete out there. Sure, insane cardio strength which Goggins can provide can help in the cage. However, major feats of athleticism is not what he may need right now.

Moreover, going through excessive physical strain that does not necessarily contribute to fight training may be terrible for his weight. Ferguson has to make weight in order to fight Pimblett. If he trains too excessively with all the cardio exercises and runs, this may take his weight down more than required. Is this ideal for his fight at UFC 296?

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What does his opponent say?

Paddy ‘The Baddy’ also found time to weigh in on the situation and he too wasn’t pleased with it. He felt like the intensive training was making things worse for Ferguson. Training videos and pictures didn’t really help the whole hype around it either.

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“That’s just completely irrelevant nowadays… You can tell by look on Tony’s face. It’s hurting him,” Pimblett said calling the training method irrelevant. Goggins’ ‘Hell Week’ where participants undergo unforgiving levels of physical challenges for over twenty hours a day may just make things terrible in the cage. Do you think Ferguson will be helped by the training? Or will he be harmed? Let us know in the comments.

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Prit Chauhan

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Prit Chauhan is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His portfolio shows him as the go-to event coverage writer at ES and his work on UFC 297 is proof of the same. As an experienced writer and a longtime MMA fan, Prit’s strong suit lies in telling the relatively unknown and more personal stories of fights and fighters.
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