It’s hard to imagine that at one point fight fans believed that Tony Ferguson could be the one to hand Khabib Nurmagomedov a loss inside the Octagon. While age is seen as a factor in Ferguson’s recent losses, El Cucuy just hasn’t looked the same since his TKO loss against Justin Gaethje. UFC president Dana White also shared his thoughts on Ferguson’s performance at UFC 262 and expressed how “age gets us all.”
Be that as it may, it seems like Ferguson is showing no desire to retire anytime soon. The former interim lightweight champion suffered his third straight loss inside the Octagon, losing all the rounds against a rising prospect Beneill Dariush. With the loss against the #9 ranked contender, it’s safe to say that Ferguson will find himself in the bottom-10 of the lightweight rankings.
After the loss, Ferguson did not appear in the post-fight press conference and took to social media to express his thoughts on the fight. In a post captioned, “I won’t tap. One day of reflection,” Ferguson shared numerous photos to express his thoughts on a disappointing night.
UFC 262 -CSO- 🇺🇸🏆🇲🇽 # 👣 I Won’t Tap # One. Day Of Reflection ✝️💨🍃 pic.twitter.com/c2v5Sq8fmP
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) May 17, 2021
Despite the loss, Tony Ferguson earned the respect of fight fans around the world. In the first photo he shared in the post, Ferguson seems to be wondering about the possibility of retiring. However, looking at the caption, it seems like that’s not Ferguson’s desire considering retirement would be equivalent to giving up for him.
Ferguson, who has time and again proved his toughness inside the Octagon did not find himself in a vicious submission for the first time. Charles Oliveira was able to keep Ferguson in a brutal arm-bar, with Ferguson once again refusing to tap despite Oliveira successfully executing the submission attempt.
Something similar happened at UFC 262 after Ferguson refused to tap while under a vicious heel hook, proving his toughness once again. “How did he not tap?” were the first words of Beneil Dariush as he walked to the post-fight press conference to share his thoughts after the fight.
Needless to say, Tony is tough as nails and has proved it several times inside the Octagon. However, he has gotten slow, and with age proving to be a vital factor in his performance, many fans believe maybe it’s time for Ferguson to retire for good.