Who Is Tony Ferguson’s Scottish-American Father?

Published 05/14/2021, 9:15 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Tony Ferguson interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Tony Ferguson will return to action this weekend at UFC 262. He will fight Beneil Dariush in one of the most important fights in his career. Once considered the best lightweight on the planet, Ferguson is currently on a 2-fight skid. He dropped consecutive fights against Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira that put an end to his stellar run.

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The loss against ‘The Highlight’ at UFC 249 was heart-breaking in many aspects as ‘El Cucuy’ was expected to finally fight his arch-rival Khabib Nurmagomedov on that card. But a loss meant that the former interim UFC lightweight champion had to work his way back to the top. Nevertheless, after the defeat, the first thing Ferguson did was to address his family.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – MAY 09: Tony Ferguson (L) of the United States looks to punch Justin Gaethje (R) of the United States in their Interim lightweight title fight during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 9, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

This speaks volumes about the man that Ferguson is and shows his true character. He cares deeply about his family. Also, he likes to keep his family private and not reveal too much about them in public. So, he doesn’t talk too much about his father either. But here’s everything we know about Ferguson’s dad.

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Tony Ferguson- Relationship with his dad

Ferguson’s father is of Scottish-American heritage. That’s where ‘El Cucuy‘ has inherited the surname Ferguson from. Despite not sharing much information about his personal life and family, Ferguson has revealed how his parents, especially his father, had impacted him for good during his childhood.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Tony Ferguson poses for photos during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

When I was little, I used to go up and look at the tournament brackets and wonder who I was gonna wrestle next, and my dad says ‘why are you gonna do that? You’re gonna take yourself out of the game. Instead of worrying about what everybody else is doing, worry about what you’re doing.’ So that’s what I did,said Ferguson.

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My parents moved me out to Michigan for a reason and that was probably the biggest blessing in the world. “They threw me in sports and I had wonderful coaches that were always there pushing me. The jobs I had were the same thing, pushing and grinding, and if there was rain, sleet, snow, hail, tornadoes, it didn’t matter; you had to go to work. I embrace that,” he said in 2015.

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It will be interesting to see if Ferguson is still ‘The Man’ in the UFC’s lightweight division as he fights Dariush this weekend. A win will do good for him and put him back in the title picture, but a loss may leave the 37-year-old in danger of a pink slip.

But with a man of his talent and work ethic, he is capable of defying all the odds in every situation. There’s no doubt he got some great lessons from his father that have built up his iron character.

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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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