The match at UFC 262 would be a crucial one for ‘El Cucuy,’ as he is entering the Octagon after back-to-back losses. The fighter had a 12-fight winning streak before the two losses. Ferguson tasted his first defeat against Justin Garthje at UFC 249 and a second loss from Charles Oliveira at UFC 256.
In an interview at ESPN MMA, the fighter was questioned about his ability to be coachable.
“Never lost the ability to be coachable. What happened was, when you’re the smartest man in the room, you have to basically fire everybody. What happened was nobody was testing me, nobody was helping me grow anymore,” he said.
“So, I basically had to get rid of everybody that was toxic to me. Put everything in my life that was really good and helps me grow and [helps] my family [grow]. Because obviously, things weren’t there. I saw my career going towards a certain thing, because obviously, nobody was pushing me, nobody was encouraging me.”
‘El Cucuy’ also mentioned that despite his 12-fight winning streak, he was never given a shot at the lightweight title. It seems like Ferguson does not feeling too good about Michael Chandler getting the title shot just after one fight.
Ferguson seems to have identified his weaknesses, it would appear. He mentioned that he has made important changes in his training regime and is determined to take home a win.
In a recent interview, Ferguson said that he went back to his TUF coaches to get their advice and views. The fighter also announced his training session with veteran boxing coach Freddie Roach.
Tony recently posted a photo with Freddie Roach and former two-division UFC champion Georges St-Pierre at Roach’s gym Wild Card Boxing, which made it evident that the fighter is spending some quality time with the veterans to improve his performance ahead of UFC 262.