Anthony Armand Ferguson Padilla is an American professional mixed martial artist currently signed to the UFC or the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Ferguson fights in the lightweight division of UFC. He is a former interim UFC Lightweight Champion. Born on February 12, 1984, Ferguson made his MMA debut in 2008 at the age of 24. Apart from being a wrestler, Ferguson has also been trained in boxing, jiu-jitsu, muay thai and wing chun. His nickname is El Cucuy.
- Tony Ferguson Nickname
- Early Career
- The Ultimate Fighter Career
- UFC Career
- Ferguson Career Stats
- Tony Ferguson Record
- Personal Life
- Tony Ferguson Net Worth
- Championships and Achievements
Tony Ferguson Nickname
At the beginning of his career, Ferguson fought in small organizations around California. Ferguson's claim to fame was when he defeated kickboxing champion Joe Schilling and lost to Karen Darabedyan.
The Ultimate Fighter Career
After multiple applications to fight at UFC's reality series The Ultimate Fighter, Ferguson was finally accepted in 2010 for the thirteenth season of the series. Thanks to his spectacular 10-2 professional record and victory at the welterweight championship in PureCombat.
Tony Ferguson's UFC career began as he became the third pick as a welterweight for Lesnar's team on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos. He defeated Justin Edwards by knockout in the first round in his first fight and then Ryan McGillivray in the quarterfinals with a TKO in the first round. At the semi-finals, Ferguson faced Chuck O'Neil and defeated him by a TKO in the third round and advanced to the final. He defeated Ramsey Nijem via Knockout in the first round itself at the finals and bagged a UFC contract and even received the Knockout of the Night bonus.
Although Ferguson was supposed to face Khabib Nurmagomedov for a third time at UFC 209and the interim UFC Lightweight Championship was on the line, Nurmagomedov was hospitalized due to the ill effects of his weight cut, resulting in the bout being cancelled.
Nurmagomedev was replaced by Kevin Lee as Ferguson's opponent on October 7, 2017, at UFC 216 for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship. Ferguson defeated Kevin Lee by triangle choke submission in the third round.
For the fourth time a fight between Ferguson and Nurmagomedov was scheduled at UFC 223. But this time Ferguson reported an Injury as he had tore his fibular collateral ligament while walking on the set for a pre-fight media obligation.
Fifth time would have been the charm as a fifth schedule of Ferguson and Khabib was supposed to take place on April 18, 2020 at UFC 249. But due to the coronavirus pandemic Nurmagomedov was unable to leave Russia and the fight got cancelled again.
Ferguson Career Stats
Tony Ferguson's record reads 25-4. He is the former interim UFC Lightweight Champion.
Wins by Submission:
Wins by Decision:
Wins by Knockouts:
72 in (183cm)
155 lb / 70 kg
Tony Ferguson Record
Given below is the MMA and UFC professional record of Tony Ferguson:
|Loss||25–4||Justin Gaethje||TKO (punches)||UFC 249||May 9, 2020|
|Win||25–3||Donald Cerrone||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 238||June 8, 2019|
|Win||24–3||Anthony Pettis||TKO (corner stoppage)||UFC 229||October 6, 2018|
|Win||23–3||Kevin Lee||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 216||October 7, 2017|
|Win||22–3||Rafael dos Anjos||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson||November 5, 2016|
|Win||21–3||Lando Vannata||Submission (D'Arce choke)||UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker||July 13, 2016|
|Win||20–3||Edson Barboza||Submission (D'Arce choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber Finale||December 11, 2015|
|Win||19–3||Josh Thomson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee||July 15, 2015|
|Win||18–3||Gleison Tibau||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 184||February 28, 2015|
|Win||17–3||Abel Trujillo||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 181||December 6, 2014|
|Win||16–3||Danny Castillo||Decision (split)||UFC 177||August 30, 2014|
|Win||15–3||Katsunori Kikuno||KO (punch)||UFC 173||May 24, 2014|
|Win||14–3||Mike Rio||Submission (D'Arce choke)||UFC 166||October 19, 2013|
|Loss||13–3||Michael Johnson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller||May 5, 2012|
|Win||13–2||Yves Edwards||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller Finale||December 3, 2011|
|Win||12–2||Aaron Riley||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 135||September 24, 2011|
|Win||11–2||Ramsey Nijem||KO (punch)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos Finale||June 4, 2011|
|Win||10–2||Brock Jardine||TKO (punches)||PureCombat 12: Champions for Children||September 25, 2010|
|Win||9–2||David Gardner||TKO (punches)||CA Fight Syndicate: Battle of the 805||March 26, 2010|
|Win||8–2||Chris Kennedy||TKO (doctor stoppage)||National Fight Alliance MMA: Resurrection||December 18, 2009|
|Loss||7–2||Jamie Toney||Technical Submission (triangle choke)||National Fight Alliance MMA: MMA at the Hyatt 3||October 16, 2009|
|Win||7–1||James Fanshier||Decision (unanimous)||Rebel Fighter||July 17, 2009|
|Win||6–1||Devin Benjamin||TKO (punches and elbows)||National Fight Alliance MMA: MMA at the Hyatt II||May 28, 2009|
|Win||5–1||Daniel Hernandez||TKO (punches)||National Fight Alliance MMA: Riot at the Hyatt||March 5, 2009|
|Loss||4–1||Karen Darabedyan||Decision (unanimous)||All Star Boxing: Caged in the Cannon||February 6, 2009|
|Win||4–0||Frank Park||Submission (mounted triangle armbar)||Long Beach Fight Night 3||January 4, 2009|
|Win||3–0||Joe Schilling||Submission (Von Flue choke)||Total Fighting Alliance 12||September 13, 2008|
|Win||2–0||Brandon Adams||TKO (punches)||Total Fighting Alliance 11: Pounding at the Pyramid||July 12, 2008|
|Win||1–0||Steve Avalos||TKO (punches and elbows)||California Xtreme Fighting: Anarchy at the Arena||April 12, 2008|
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Ferguson got married to Cristina Servin in June, 2012. Together the couple has a son named Armand Anthony. Popular as one of MMA's most eccentric personalities, Ferguson trains in his own custom gym at his house in Big Bear Lake, California. Being self-centred he regularly posts videos of his workout routines on his personal Instagram. Some of the workouts are borderline weird. One such example is when he goes around smacking his arms and legs against metal poles to supposedly build bone strength. He even practices throwing baseballs off a pitchers' mound. This is supposed to build power in his right-hand. The list of his unique workouts is endless. His 'unique' fighting styles have regularly been the bud of jokes and comments from other fighters, some of whom have also gone to post parodies of Ferguson's workouts on their Instagram pages.
In March 2019, Tony Ferguson's wife Cristina filed a restraining order against her husband claiming that Ferguson has been exhibiting uncharacteristic behavior such as severe paranoia, insomnia and being under a false belief that a tracking chip was inserted into his leg during reconstructive knee surgery. All the paranoia has led to erratic behaviour on Ferguson's end where he tore apart their home fireplace. Christina however has not claimed abuse or violence from Ferguson. According to her, the restraining order was just a precautionary measure to get Ferguson the necessary help for his mental state. In April 2019, Christina dropped all the charges and Ferguson resumed fighting.
According to celebritynetworth.com, Tony Ferguson's Net Worth is estimated to be $2 million as of 2021.
Championships and Achievements
National Collegiate Wrestling Association
- NCWA National Champion - 2006
- NCWA All-American - 2006 and 2007
- North Central Conference Champion 2006 and 2007
Michigan High School Athletic Association
- MHSAA Division IV State Champion - 2002
- MHSAA Division IV All-State - 2000-2002
Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Interim UFC Lightweight Championship - One time
- The Ultimate Fighter 13 winner
- Fight of the Night - Six times - vs. Edson Barboza, Lando Vannata, Rafael dos Anjos, Anthony Pettis, Donald Cerrone and Justin Gaethje
- Knockout of the Night - One time - vs. Ramsey Nijem
- Submission of the Night - One time - vs. Mike Rio
- Performance of the Night - Three times - vs. Edson Barboza, Josh Thomson and Gleison Tibau
- Longest winning streak in UFC lightweight history - 12 matches
- PureCombat Welterweight Championship - One time
World MMA Awards
- 2018 Fight of the Year vs. Anthony Pettis
How old is Tony Ferguson?
Tony Ferguson was born on February 12, 1984. He is 36 years old.
Where is Tony Ferguson from?
Tony Ferguson was born in Oxnard, California, U.S. He currently fights from Ventura, California.