Ferguson was targeting a fight with Conor McGregor if he came out victorious, but he suffered a seventh loss in a row at UFC 296 via a unanimous decision. His last win was in 2019 against Donald Cerrone at UFC 238. Before the Pimblett fight, Dana White wanted to see Ferguson walk away from the sport. Following the loss, the CEO of the UFC doubled down on those claims.
“I would love to see Tony retire. When you talk about a skid, you look at the guys he fought, too. That plays a factor into it and how did he look right up until he lost? Tony tonight looked like he should retire. Listen, Tony’s been an absolute warrior and a dog in this sport. I don’t want to disrespect him by publicly talking about him retiring but I would love to see him retire. That’s really where my head’s at,” White said
Despite the defeat, he still has plans on fighting.
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He's never gonna believe it's time to retire.
— Jay Coyle (@JayCoyle301) December 20, 2023
The commissions need to step in and ban him from any sanctioned fights. That way, he doesn't go to some C or D league either. This dude needs to be protected from himself.
— Dan Mado (@dan_mado) December 20, 2023
At want point does the ufc need to protect him…mental health lockups, vehicle crashes? 0 and 7 and looked bad…
— waylander (@waylander_573) December 20, 2023