Tony Ferguson Releases Statement, Says He’s “Far From Retired”
By FCF Staff
Although Tony Ferguson has been largely dominated in his last two outings, the former interim lightweight champ is dismissing any narrative his best days are behind him.
Ferguson faced Charles Oliveira at UFC 256 on Saturday, and lost via a one-sided decision to the surging fighter. That bout marked the first time Ferguson had fought since he was stopped by Justin Gaethje in May.
More recently, the 36-year-old fighter shared out the statement below.
My Crew 🍃 No Excuses, I Felt Flat. I Went Out & Welcomed The Attack Instead Of Defend. The Warm Up Time In The Back for @UFC Hasn’t Been The Same Since Pre-COVID. Still No Excuses, Times Change & So Do People 🍃🌱🍃 The Time From Hotel To UFC Apex Is Much More Condensed & The Aggressive Level We Needed Was Not Reached. My Fault. 💯
After The Fight, We Were Checked By Doctors & Went Back To The Hotel. I Felt It Was In Order To Hit Pads/Spar Immediately Because The Fight Was Fresh In My Mind & Blood Circulation In My Arm Was Needed. I Really Needed To Figure Out What The F’n Problem Was From The Fight, Solution **Pre-Fight Time🥇Management**
Chuck Was Looking Take My Back or Go For The Armbar As Soon As We Hit The Mat. Thus I Didn’t Worry About The Mount, Kid Was Slick But So Am I. I Was Looking For The Knockout Standing & D’arce From Bottom Position Once We Hit Jits Transitions. It Was Fun Fighting Against A Wetblanket (AKA “Heavy Pressure Opponent”) Mark My Words,That Scenario Won’t Happen Again. Period.
My Arm Is Aright, The Armbar Was Really Tight. The Thought Of My Son ArmandAnthony’s Ability To Be Double Jointed In His Elbow During That Sequence & My Mental Capacity To Endure Pain Got Me Through It. # Breathe # Mental🥇TUFness. One ☝️
I’m Beyond Grateful & Thankful For My Talents 🌱 I Have Learned So Much About Myself This Year & What My Purpose In Life Is. My Search For That Epic Word Called “greatness” Isn’t Over. Understand Crew 🍃 We Are Far From Being Retired, So Message To My Haters🖕🤓 👍 *ShaBam*
Shout Out To My Team I Put Together On Three Weeks Notice. We’re Still Green🥇Boys Thanks For Not Deserting💯Me. (Team, We’re Barely Scratching The Surface To What We Can Truly Accomplish & For That I Say Amen). It Was Great Making Weight & Being Around My Fight Fam For The Week. I Can’t Wait Til We Compete In Front Of A Big Loud Crowd Again, It’s Not The Same Without You All
Recovery🔛Moad # Happy⛄️Holidayze Crew 🍃 Champ Shit Only™️ Mi Gente “Never Give Up & Keep The🙏Faith” Champ 🧢⚾️ -XTA- Hometeam 🇺🇸🏆🇲🇽 # BecauseHashbrownsAreDelicious
With the defeat on Saturday, Ferguson’s record now stands at 25-5. Prior to facing Gaethje, ‘El Cucuy’ had won 12 straight.