What are the Best Finishing Moves of Tony Ferguson?

Published 05/11/2021, 2:37 PM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Tony Ferguson of the United States prepares to fight Justin Gaethje of the United States prior to their Interim lightweight title fight during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)


Tony Ferguson returns at UFC 262 this weekend against Beneil Dariush. The clash is one of the most important ones of Ferguson’s career as the former interim champion is currently on a 2-fight skid for the first time in his career. Ferguson endured losses against the likes of Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira in 2020.

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Nevertheless, ‘El Cucuy’ is back in action and will look to get back to winning ways and likely breathe fire into his title aspirations. However, he has a tough opponent in hand in Dariush, who is a very complete fighter; not unlike Ferguson.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – NOVEMBER 05: Tony Ferguson of the United States raises his hand after facing Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on November 5, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Ferguson has a multitude of weapons at his disposal as he is one of the most unpredictable fighters in the UFC roster. From Imanari rolls to throwing sands at his opponents, he is truly a unique character in his own merit.

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He makes the fights entertaining and has a massive tally of 20 finishes under his belt. Here we take a look at some of his best-finishing moves.

Best finishers from Tony Ferguson

‘El Cucuy’ has good hands and can hurt his opponents with punches. But perhaps his best weapons while striking are his vicious elbows.

Ferguson opens up his opponents with his razor-sharp elbows from close range and makes them quit. His fights against Anthony Pettis, Donald Cerrone, Rafael dos Anjos, for instance, were a supreme display of his elbow strikes.

‘El Cucuy’ is a master of the ground game as well. A total of 8 submission wins is a testament to the same. Primarily, his D’Arce chokes and triangle chokes are his biggest weapons.

He has finished super fighters like Lando Vannata, Mike Rio, and Edson Barboza with D’Arce chokes in the UFC. He also has a great Triangle Choke from the bottom. That move helped him win the UFC Interim Lightweight title at UFC 216 against Kevin Lee.

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Ferguson can also submit people from a conventional Rear-Naked choke. Lightweight contenders like Gleison Tibau and Abel Trujillo have been victims of Ferguson’s Rear-Naked chokes.

El Cucuy‘ will look to fall back to one of those moves this weekend when he fights Dariush. If he shows up as his usual self, he could prove too much for Dariush.

One can only hope that he is still the same fighter that conquered the division for almost a decade and his recent slump was just a case of bad luck.

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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