Tony Ferguson has fallen on hard times. After consecutive defeats to Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira, and Beneil Dariush, the former UFC interim lightweight champion is on a three-fight losing streak.
However, Ferguson believes that retirement is out of the question at this point in his career. To convey this message, the 37-year-old octagon veteran quoted Adam Sandler’s classic sitcom, Happy Gilmore.
“It Ain’t Over Yet Mcgavin’, The Way I See It … We’ve Only Just Begun,” Tony Ferguson wrote on Twitter.
‘El Cucuy’ has been a perennial lightweight challenger for many years since amassing the UFC lightweight division’s longest winning streak. From 2013 to 2020, Tony Ferguson won 12 consecutive fights.
UFC has a history of employing ageing big-name veterans as high-level gatekeepers. If Ferguson stays, that will most likely be his future career path.
Ferguson certainly seems to be up for the challenge.
“Retire & Give These MF’s A Break!? No, Not On My Watch. Now I’m Pissed,” he said.
Tony Ferguson at UFC 262 recently.
Ferguson needed a victory against fellow top-ten lightweight contender Beneil Dariush at UFC 262.
The fight, however, did not go Ferguson’s way as Dariush used a sound strategy to hold ‘El Cucuy’ on his back for long stretches. Dariush eventually won by majority decision, but Ferguson’s tenacity was on show.
Dariush trapped Ferguson in an inverted heel hook in the second round. The submission hold appeared to be very tight, and Ferguson was on the verge of giving up as his knee ligaments were on the verge of getting broken.
However, ‘El Cucuy,’ persevered through the discomfort and declined to tap.
Dariush let go of the hold and switched back to climb, realising that pushing Ferguson to tap was a fool’s errand.
It wasn’t the first time that Ferguson stood firm in the face of his opponent’s submission attempt. He was caught in a nasty armbar during his UFC 256 fight with future champion Charles Oliveira.
Even though commentators Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier thought Oliveira had broken Ferguson’s arm, ‘El Cucuy’ held on until the end of the round.