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Dana White Notes “Time Gets us All”, While Discussing Tony Ferguson’s Latest Loss

Tony Ferguson (image via UFC/YouTube)

By FCF Staff

Dana White isn’t calling for Tony Ferguson to retire, following his third straight defeat at UFC 262. But, the UFC President did acknowledge the 37-year-old’s best days are likely behind him.

Ferguson took on lightweight contender Beneil Dariush in the co-main event. As was the case in his bout with Charles Oliveira this past December, ‘El Cucuy’ was unable to counter Dariush’s takedowns and top game.

Ferguson, who also refused to tap to a painful looking heelhook in the fight, lost the bout via a clear cut, unanimous decision. During the post-fight press conference, White was asked about Ferguson’s future, and he said this (quote via MMA Junkie).

“I don’t know,” White said. “I haven’t even thought about it. He’s tough as hell though, man. He was in that heel hook and his ankle was definitely popping and his ankle the rest of the fight looked like a golf ball. Maybe even a baseball. He kept fighting. There’s no quit in that dude. He’s tough.

“He had a tough three rounds. He couldn’t get up from underneath Beneil, and he had a tough night. So I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”

White was also asked if he thinks Ferguson’s bout with Justin Gaethje last year, in which he absorbed numerous, thumping shots, has contributed to his recent setbacks.

“It could be (the damage from the Gaethje loss), it could be, just, time gets us all,” White said. “It’s one of those things. I don’t know which one, or both. But unfortunately, it’s definitely hit Tony.”

Prior to his recent run of losses, Ferguson had won 12 straight fights. The former interim champ’s record now stands at 25-6.

posted by FCF Staff @ 10:29 am
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