Tony Ferguson Says He’s ‘F*cking Not Getting Cut’-Responds to Former UFC Referee John McCarthy

Published 12/17/2020, 5:30 AM EST
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)


 In light of the recent roster cuts, around 60 UFC fighters could be leaving the promotion by Jan 2021. However, despite two losses on the bounce, UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson feels he is not going anywhere. ‘El Cucuy’ believes that his spot in the promotion is safe due to his large fan base. 

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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)

However, former UFC referee and now part of the Bellator broadcast team, John McCarthy opined that Tony Ferguson ‘might be one of the guys in that 60’. He aired these views on his podcast, ‘The Weighin’ alongside former UFC lightweight Josh Thompson.

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‘El Cucuy’ believes the fight was closer than people think

Big John McCarthy recently stated that he believes that the UFC will cut Tony Ferguson following his loss to Charles Oliveira. Being that the two are now loyal to Bellator, fans can take these statements with a pinch of salt.

El Cucuy took to his Instagram live to squash these rumors, as he is one of the more popular fighters on the UFC roster. Referring to a video of his fight against Oliveira where Ferguson was on his back, Tony explained, “Right there. We’re not going to waste any energy here. You guys shouldn’t need that in jiu-jitsu matches. Just be patient and wait for the opportunity for him to advance and get so lazy that in the third round he doesn’t advance to mount anymore.”

“What he does is he stays in control and a side position looking for something completely different, a different move.” 

Ferguson believes the fight was not as one-sided as people thought it was. ‘El Cucuy’  believed his opponent was mentally broken in the first round. He said he caught the fight sans commentary and people claimed that he got dominated. He accepted that these were the opinions of the untrained people.

Tony Ferguson is not getting cut by the UFC

Ferguson was not happy with McCarthy’s and Thompson’s opinion. He responded to the former UFC referee, “So a question for John McCarthy and the punk, no I’m f***ing not getting cut. Josh, come on, you got your a** kicked, don’t start that shit. The fans love me and want to see me fight again.”

“The real question is, and I asked John too, can you choke someone out with your shorts?… Do you know how many times I was practicing trying to choke someone out with my shorts? I wanted to check my jiu-jitsu.”

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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)

Ferguson was on a 12 fight win streak before his loss to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249. Now the lightweight contender fights himself on a two-fight losing streak for the first time in his career. Given that he is 36, and in a hungry shark tank like lightweight division, it may be tough to envision him making a run at the title. 

While he should have a few good fights left in his tank, the MMA community needs to cherish legends such as Tony Ferguson while they still can.

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Keith Dsouza

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Keith D'Souza is part of the Essentially Sports MMA writing team. Having followed the sport since 2013, some of his favorite fighters include Max Holloway, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, and Johny Hendricks. Keith also runs PureMMAIndia, a brand that promotes MMA over social media which aims at growing the sport in India.

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