WATCH: Tony Ferguson Defies Arm Injury to Hit Speed Bag Training

Published 12/17/2020, 4:30 AM EST
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)


Tony Ferguson suffered his second consecutive loss in the co-main event of UFC 256. ‘El Cucuy’ lost a unanimous decision to Charles Oliveira. During the bout, the former interim champion was locked up in a brutal armbar at the end of round 1. His arm was almost snapped, but “El Cucuy“, being the warrior he is, refused to tap.

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After the fight, Ferguson shared some images of his gruesome injury. It’s painful to even look at the same. But, that doesn’t seem to have stopped him in his training. The fighter shared a clip on Twitter where he was hitting a speedbag. Ferguson wrote, “Circulation is key”.

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Tony Ferguson is a unique person. His toughness and mental strength are unmatched. Even UFC President Dana White was shocked that he refused to tap out to that armbar attempt from Oliveira. “I mean 10 out of 10 people will tap to that armbar. The fact that he even made it through the armbar is unbelievable. It’s a testament to how tough, durable, and crazy Tony Ferguson is,” White said.

This is not the first time Ferguson has done something crazy despite being injured. He famously came back just 6 months after knee surgery and defeated Anthony Pettis at UFC 229.

Tony Ferguson had a difficult 2020

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The year 2020 turned out to be a difficult one for “El Cucuy”. He suffered his first loss in eight years against Justin Gaethje at UFC 249. Despite that, he wanted to fight once more in 2020 to reassert his claim as the top lightweight on this planet. Many expected him to come back stronger than before.

But at UFC 256, he didn’t show up yet again. Instead, Charles Oliveira took his opportunity and established himself as a top contender.

There have been suggestions that Ferguson’s time at the top is over. Many believe at 36, he can never fight for the undisputed title. But, as usual, the former interim champion will have different ideas. He will look to come back stronger in 2021 and fight for the undisputed gold, eventually. He just doesn’t know when to quit, and this can help him recover from his two-fight slump.

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What’s next for Tony Ferguson? Is he still championship caliber?

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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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