WATCH: The Unique Ways in Which Tony Ferguson Trains

Published 05/13/2021, 1:18 PM 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)


Training is the most important part of any sport. It’s even more important for MMA as if you don’t train well for an opponent; you’ll end up getting hurt pretty bad. Hence, when a fighter like Tony Ferguson challenges the normal norms in which a fighter trains, the fans tend to notice.

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Ferguson is one of the most successful fighters in the UFC, employing his trade in the lightweight division. He is fighting again at UFC 262 alongside Beneil Dariush in a match that he desperately needs to win. He has lost two fights in a row, and it’s a sharp fall when you compare it to his amazing run of 12 successive wins before that.

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His success can be attributed to the way he trains, and it really is something. You’ll find him hitting steel poles with his elbows and knees to condition them better. However, he doesn’t stop there. Ferguson also kicks huge tires and wrestles gym equipment.

In addition to that, he does bench presses in a way that is indescribable. You have to see it to believe it. He does flips off of a ball on a beach and also uses a segway scooter to improve his balance. However, the most controversial part out of all this is he never spars.

It might be a bit of a stretch to call that fact the most controversial about a man who throws baseballs to practice his overhand right, but it does make sense. He hasn’t sparred since 2015 since he beat Gleison Tibau and has justified it by saying that he already has all the tools that he needs.

Tony Ferguson and his incredible career in the UFC

All of these wild techniques might make one laugh, but there’s no doubt that they work. Tony is currently ranked number five in the official UFC lightweight rankings and has an incredible record of 25-5. His last two losses came against Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira, two of whom went on to fight for the title in the very next fight.

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Interestingly, Oliveira is fighting on the same card. He is facing Michael Chandler for the lightweight title after the former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov vacated it. If Ferguson wins this fight against Dariush, he’ll thrust himself back into the conversation for a title shot.

He’s already established himself as one of the legends of the sport, and it will be interesting to see where his career goes from here.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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