Tony Ferguson

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Tony Ferguson
Born(1984-02-12) February 12, 1984 (age 30)
Oxnard, California
Other namesEl Cucuy
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
DivisionLightweight
Welterweight (formerly)
Reach76.0 in (193 cm)
StyleWrestling, Boxing
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofVentura, California
TeamReign TC[1]
Knuckleheadz Boxing, Reign Training Center
RankNCAA Division II Wrestling
Years active2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total17
Wins14
By knockout8
By submission4
By decision2
Losses3
By submission1
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
 
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Tony Ferguson
Born(1984-02-12) February 12, 1984 (age 30)
Oxnard, California
Other namesEl Cucuy
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
DivisionLightweight
Welterweight (formerly)
Reach76.0 in (193 cm)
StyleWrestling, Boxing
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofVentura, California
TeamReign TC[1]
Knuckleheadz Boxing, Reign Training Center
RankNCAA Division II Wrestling
Years active2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total17
Wins14
By knockout8
By submission4
By decision2
Losses3
By submission1
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Anthony A. Ferguson[2] (born February 12, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division for the UFC. Ferguson was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos.

Early life[edit]

Ferguson grew up in Muskegon, MI, of Mexican heritage,[3][4] As a southern California native living in a small Midwestern town, Ferguson’s father enrolled him in sports at a young age to help him make friends and fit into his new surroundings.[3]

Ferguson took to athletics extraordinarily well, and went on to earn 12 varsity letters at Muskegon Catholic Central High School in football, baseball and wrestling. He was the starting defensive back on the 2002 state football champions and was a three-time All-State selection in wrestling, winning the 152 lbs division in 2002.

After high school, Ferguson enrolled at Central Michigan University before transferring to Grand Valley State University. He also did a stint at Muskegon Community College. He went on to garner All-American honors twice, winning the national championship in the 165 lbs division once.

Ferguson moved back to California to be closer to his extended family, working in marketing and sales during the day and picking up shifts as a bartender at night. One night while tending bar, a patron talked to him about his wrestling background and invited him to work with some young MMA fighters with their wrestling. Ferguson immediately fell in the love with the sport and hasn’t looked back since, devoting himself entirely to his MMA career.

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Ferguson had signed with the UFC in 2011 to compete on the The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos.

Ferguson was the third pick of Team Lesnar and the fifth overall. Ferguson was matched up with alternative, Justin Edwards, for his preliminary bout. After a back and forth first round, Edwards was able to take Ferguson down. But while on the ground, Ferguson landed a devastating upkick that knocked out Edwards. With the win, Ferguson moved on to the quarter-finals.[5]

For his quarterfinal fight, Ferguson fought Ryan McGillivray, quickly earning the KO win after catching McGillivray with a short uppercut and following up with ground and pound. The win moved him into the semi-finals where he faced his teammate, Chuck O'Neil. Ferguson defeated O'Neil in the final episode via TKO in the third round, sending him to the finals to face Ramsey Nijem.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Ferguson officially made his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale against Ramsey Nijem to determine the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 13. Ferguson defeated Nijem via KO in the first round, making him the winner of the Ultimate Fighter Season 13. Ferguson also earned the Knockout of the Night bonus for his finish of Nijem.

Ferguson faced Aaron Riley on September 24, 2011 at UFC 135. While the fight was competitive early, Ferguson landed a strong left uppercut, and Ferguson dominated the remaining two minutes of the round. Immediately after the end of the first round, Riley told his corner that his jaw was broken. The fight was declared a TKO victory for Ferguson, as ringside doctors would not allow Riley to continue.[6]

Ferguson next faced MMA veteran Yves Edwards at the The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale.[7] Ferguson won via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28).

Ferguson was expected to face Dennis Hallman on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3.[8] However, Hallman was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Thiago Tavares.[9] However, Tavares was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Michael Johnson.[10] Ferguson lost against Johnson via unanimous decision.

Ferguson faced Mike Rio on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166.[11] He won via D'arce choke submission in the first round. The win also earned him his first Submission of the Night award.[12]

Ferguson is expected to face Katsunori Kikuno on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173.[13]

Championships and awards[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win14–3Mike RioSubmission (D'arce choke)UFC 166October 19, 201311:52Houston, Texas, United StatesSubmission of the Night
Loss13–3Michael JohnsonDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. MillerMay 5, 201212:16East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win13–2Yves EdwardsDecision (unanimous)The Ultimate Fighter 14 FinaleDecember 3, 201135:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win12–2Aaron RileyTKO (doctor stoppage)UFC 135September 24, 201115:00Denver, Colorado, United StatesReturn to Lightweight
Win11–2Ramsey NijemKO (punches)The Ultimate Fighter 13 FinaleJune 4, 201113:54Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesWon The Ultimate Fighter 13; Knockout of the Night
Win10–2Brock JardineTKO (punches)PureCombat 12: Champions for ChildrenSeptember 25, 201042:35Clovis, California, United States
Win9–2David GardnerTKO (punches)CA Fight Syndicate: Battle of the 805March 26, 20102N/AVentura, California, United StatesCatchweight (158 lbs.)
Win8–2Chris KennedyTKO (doctor stoppage)NFAMMA: ResurrectionDecember 18, 200912:29Ventura, California, United States
Loss7–2Jamie ToneySubmission (triangle choke)NFAMMA: MMA at the Hyatt 3October 16, 200912:15Westlake Village, California, United States
Win7–1James FanshierDecision (unanimous)Rebel FighterJuly 17, 200935:00Placerville, California, United States
Win6–1Devin BenjaminTKO (punches and elbows)NFAMMA: MMA at the Hyatt IIMay 28, 20091N/AWestlake Village, California, United States
Win5–1Daniel HernandezTKO (punches)NFAMMA: Riot at the HyattMarch 5, 200912:22Westlake Village, California, United States
Loss4–1Karen DarabedyanDecision (unanimous)All Star Boxing – Caged in the CannonFebruary 6, 200933:00Montebello, California, United States
Win4–0Frank ParkSubmission (triangle choke)Long Beach Fight Night 3January 4, 200912:43Long Beach, California, United States
Win3–0Joe SchillingSubmission (rear-naked choke)Total Fighting Alliance 12September 13, 200822:12Long Beach, California, United States
Win2–0Brandon AdamsTKO (punches)TFA 11: Pounding at the PyramidJuly 12, 200822:18Long Beach, California, United States
Win1–0Steve AvalosSubmission (punches)CXF: Anarchy at the ArenaApril 12, 200821:25Upland, California, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ferguson video: TUF 13 bad guy found a brother in Lesnar – Cagewriter – UFC Blog – Yahoo! Sports. Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  2. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/2011%20Results%20Web/12-03-11%20MMA.pdf
  3. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  4. ^ The Ultimate Fighter 13 – episode 9 recap: Quarterfinals. Prommanow.com (2011-05-25). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  5. ^ Stupp, Dann. (2011-05-04) Episode No. 6 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 13: Team Lesnar vs. Team Dos Santos". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  6. ^ Stupp, Dann. "UFC 135 preliminary-card results: Ferguson breaks Riley's jaw, Boetsch cruises". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Yves Edwards vs. Tony Ferguson added to December's The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale". mmajunkie.com. October 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ Becker, Dana. "Tony Ferguson-Dennis Hallman Planned For UFC On FOX 3". fightline.com. Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Tavares replaces injured Hallman, faces Ferguson at UFC on Fox 3". mmajunkie.com. March 16, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Thiago Tavares out, Tony Ferguson now meets Michael Johnson on UFC on FOX 3". mmajunkie.com. March 29, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Tony Ferguson vs. Mike Rio added to UFC 166". mmajunkie.com. July 12, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ Staff. "UFC 166 bonuses: Melendez, Sanchez, Dodson and Ferguson win $60,000". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  13. ^ Staff (2014-03-03). "Tony Ferguson meets Katsunori Kikuno at UFC 173 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 

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