Today, May 5, 2020, is the anniversary of Tony Ferguson’s last loss in the UFC. “El Cucuy” faced off against Michael Johnson in 2012 and lost via unanimous decision. Since then, 2,922 days later, Ferguson (25-3) has won twelve fights in a row. By improving his skills and himself as a human being, Ferguson has been able to go on a run like no other.
Ferguson is scheduled to face Justin Gaethje this Saturday, May 9 at UFC 249 for the interim UFC Lightweight Title. Taking place inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, Ferguson will look to make it thirteen in a row. After that, the UFC will hope the sixth time is the charm for a Ferguson-Khabib Nurmagomedov fight.
Check out some of the highlights from his wins, which features:
- A submission win over Mike Rio at UFC 166. Following a left hook to the ground, Ferguson landed the D’Arce choke and it was all over.
- A first-round knockout win over Katsunori Kikuno at UFC 173. Ferguson was chasing him down and landed shot after shot. Following a few minutes on the ground, Ferguson ended it with one big shot.
- A split decision win over Danny Castillo at UFC 177.
- A submission-win over Abel Trujillo at UFC 181. After two rounds, Ferguson sprawled on top and landed a rear-naked choke.
- Another victory via rear-naked choke over Gleison Tibau at UFC 184.
- In San Diego, Ferguson won a unanimous decision contest over Josh Thomson. During the bout, Ferguson would not stop cutting his face with elbows.
- Another D’Arce choke victory over Edson Barboza at the finale of The Ultimate Fighter.
- Deja vu. Ferguson ended up landing another D’Arce choke against Lando Vannata in South Dakota. Vannata was a challenge for Ferguson as his shots just wouldn’t budge at the beginning.
- Ferguson went through a war with Rafael dos Anjos at the finale of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3. He ended up winning via unanimous decision.
- In his first attempt at the interim UFC Lightweight Title at UFC 216, Ferguson submitted Kevin Lee with a triangle choke following a takedown and elbows to the forehead.
- At UFC 229, Ferguson competed in a wild affair against Anthony Pettis which saw blood flowing from all over the latter’s head. The corner of Pettis ended up calling the fight off.
- In what some were calling a dream bout, Ferguson punished Donald Cerrone at UFC 238. Ferguson landed shots to the face of Cerrone that swelled his eye up. The doctor ended up calling the fight off as a result.