Tony Ferguson is widely regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. It won’t be wrong to say that Ferguson has been unlucky in his mixed martial arts career, failing to earn a title shot despite raking in 12 straight victories in the UFC’s lightweight division. Once on a 12-fight win streak, Tony Ferguson is currently on a two-fight losing streak, having dropped a stoppage loss against Justin Gaethje and a unanimous decision loss to Charles Oliveira.
Tony Ferguson boasts an incredible resume of 25 professional wins, with just 5 losses inside the cage. Here’s taking a look at all his losses of his professional mixed martial arts career.
Tony Ferguson’s first MMA loss
Tony Ferguson’s first loss of his mixed martial arts career came against Karen Darabedyan back in February of 2009. Ferguson suffered a unanimous decision loss at All-Star Boxing: Caged in the Cannon. The bout marked the first loss of Tony Ferguson’s mixed martial arts career. Ferguson’s first loss inside the cage came in his welterweight debut. He would later return to the lightweight division with a win over Daniel Hernandez.
Tony Ferguson would then go on to capture three straight victories, taking his MMA record to 7-1. However, he would once again taste defeat, this time suffering the first submission loss of his MMA career.
Tony Ferguson suffers the first submission loss of his MMA career
El Cucuy suffered the first submission loss of his career at National Fight Alliance MMA: MMA at the Hyatt 3 against Jamie Toney back in October of 2019. Ferguson, who is currently a black belt in Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu has gone on to make a name for himself for his incredible submission game. He has the second most submission wins in the UFC’s lightweight division.
Michael Johnson is the first fighter to hand a loss to Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson in UFC
Michael Johnson is the first fighter in UFC’s history to hand a loss to Tony Ferguson. El Cucuy made his UFC debut after winning The Ultimate Fighter with a Knockout of the Night performance against Ramsey Nijem. He made his debut in the UFC in the lightweight division. Ferguson would then go on to pick up wins over Aaron Riley, Yves Edwards.
However, Michael Johnson’s crisp boxing would prove to be too much for El Cucuy, who suffered the first loss of his UFC career. Johnson picked up a comfortable unanimous decision win over Tony Ferguson.
Justin Gaethje snaps Ferguson’s 12 fight winning streak
Justin Gaethje became the first fighter to hand a stoppage loss to Tony Ferguson after his dominant win over El Cucuy in the main event of UFC 249. Tony Ferguson was set to face Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 249, however, due to travel restriction due to the coronavirus, Nurmagomedov was unable to compete.
Once again, Khabib vs Ferguson was pulled off with Justin Gaethje stepping in on short notice to take on Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight championship. In what was a dominant performance from the Highlight Justin Gaethje, the knockout artist picked up a stoppage win over El Cucuy. In the process, he also snapped Ferguson off his 12 fight winning streak.
Tony Ferguson would go on to drop a lopsided unanimous decision loss against Charles Oliveira in the co-main event of UFC 256. Ferguson is currently on a two-fight losing streak and will look to jump in the winning column with a win over Beneil Dariush in the co-main event of UFC 262.