Dana White Weighs-in on Tony Ferguson’s Future, Following Latest Loss
By FCF Staff
Now that Tony Ferguson has been decisively defeated in back-to-back bouts, speculation about the lightweight’s future is sure to spike. While UFC President Dana White isn’t ready to close the book on Ferguson as a top contender, he’s acknowledged ‘El Cucuy’s’ best days could be behind him.
Ferguson faced surging lightweight contender Charles Oliveira at UFC 256, which marked the first time he had fought, since he was stopped by Justin Gaethje in May. Although Ferguson showcased enormous toughness and heart, Oliveira dominated much of the fight and won a clear cut, decision.
During the post-fight press conference, White had this to say about Ferguson, who will turn 37 in February (quotes via MMA Junkie).
“I thought we were going to see the old Tony,” White said. “I thought that the last fight he was affected by weight cutting and we were going to see (the old Tony). Ten out of 10 people tap to that armbar (against Oliveira). The fact he even made it through the armbar is unbelievable and just a testament to how tough and durable and crazy Tony Ferguson is.”
“Of course that’s possible (he’s past his prime), but Tony needs to go home and spend the holidays with his family and take some time off and think about what he wants to do next year and we’ll see what’s next for him,” White said. “But yes, every time you fight in this business, that’s always possible.”
With the defeat, Ferguson’s record fell to 25-5. Oliveira has now won eight straight and his record sits at 30-8.