Tony Ferguson

Tony Ferguson

Full NameAnthony Armand Ferguson Padilla

BornFebruary 11, 1984

Height 6 ft 0 in


Relation(s)Cristina Ferguson (m. 2012)


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.

  1. Tony Ferguson Nickname
  2. Early Career
  3. The Ultimate Fighter Career
  4. UFC Career
  5. Ferguson Career Stats
  6. Tony Ferguson Record
  7. Personal Life
  8. Tony Ferguson Net Worth
  9. Championships and Achievements
  10. FAQs

Tony Ferguson

Tony Ferguson Nickname

El Cucuy

Early Career

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. 

UFC Career

tony ferguson UFC Career

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

Current Status:

Tony Ferguson's record reads 25-4. He is the former interim UFC Lightweight Champion.


Wins by Submission:


Wins by Decision:


Wins by Knockouts:


Current Titles:



72 in (183cm)


155 lb / 70 kg

Weight Class:


Tony Ferguson Record

Given below is the MMA and UFC professional record of Tony Ferguson:

Tony Ferguson Record

Loss25–4Justin GaethjeTKO (punches)UFC 249May 9, 2020
Win25–3Donald CerroneTKO (doctor stoppage)UFC 238June 8, 2019
Win24–3Anthony PettisTKO (corner stoppage)UFC 229October 6, 2018
Win23–3Kevin LeeSubmission (triangle choke)UFC 216October 7, 2017
Win22–3Rafael dos AnjosDecision (unanimous)The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale: dos Anjos vs. FergusonNovember 5, 2016
Win21–3Lando VannataSubmission (D'Arce choke)UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. LinekerJuly 13, 2016
Win20–3Edson BarbozaSubmission (D'Arce choke)The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber FinaleDecember 11, 2015
Win19–3Josh ThomsonDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. DuffeeJuly 15, 2015
Win18–3Gleison TibauSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 184February 28, 2015
Win17–3Abel TrujilloSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 181December 6, 2014
Win16–3Danny CastilloDecision (split)UFC 177August 30, 2014
Win15–3Katsunori KikunoKO (punch)UFC 173May 24, 2014
Win14–3Mike RioSubmission (D'Arce choke)UFC 166October 19, 2013
Loss13–3Michael JohnsonDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. MillerMay 5, 2012
Win13–2Yves EdwardsDecision (unanimous)The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller FinaleDecember 3, 2011
Win12–2Aaron RileyTKO (doctor stoppage)UFC 135September 24, 2011
Win11–2Ramsey NijemKO (punch)The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos FinaleJune 4, 2011
Win10–2Brock JardineTKO (punches)PureCombat 12: Champions for ChildrenSeptember 25, 2010
Win9–2David GardnerTKO (punches)CA Fight Syndicate: Battle of the 805March 26, 2010
Win8–2Chris KennedyTKO (doctor stoppage)National Fight Alliance MMA: ResurrectionDecember 18, 2009
Loss7–2Jamie ToneyTechnical Submission (triangle choke)National Fight Alliance MMA: MMA at the Hyatt 3October 16, 2009
Win7–1James FanshierDecision (unanimous)Rebel FighterJuly 17, 2009
Win6–1Devin BenjaminTKO (punches and elbows)National Fight Alliance MMA: MMA at the Hyatt IIMay 28, 2009
Win5–1Daniel HernandezTKO (punches)National Fight Alliance MMA: Riot at the HyattMarch 5, 2009
Loss4–1Karen DarabedyanDecision (unanimous)All Star Boxing: Caged in the CannonFebruary 6, 2009
Win4–0Frank ParkSubmission (mounted triangle armbar)Long Beach Fight Night 3January 4, 2009
Win3–0Joe SchillingSubmission (Von Flue choke)Total Fighting Alliance 12September 13, 2008
Win2–0Brandon AdamsTKO (punches)Total Fighting Alliance 11: Pounding at the PyramidJuly 12, 2008
Win1–0Steve AvalosTKO (punches and elbows)California Xtreme Fighting: Anarchy at the ArenaApril 12, 2008

Also Read: UFC Rankings Across All Weight Divisions

Personal Life

Tony Ferguson wife

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.

Tony Ferguson Net Worth

According to, Tony Ferguson's Net Worth is estimated to be $2 million as of 2021.

Championships and Achievements

National Collegiate Wrestling Association

  1. NCWA National Champion - 2006
  2. NCWA All-American - 2006 and 2007
  3. North Central Conference Champion 2006 and 2007

Michigan High School Athletic Association

  1. MHSAA Division IV State Champion - 2002
  2. MHSAA Division IV All-State - 2000-2002

Ultimate Fighting Championship

  1. Interim UFC Lightweight Championship - One time
  2. The Ultimate Fighter 13 winner
  3. Fight of the Night - Six times - vs. Edson Barboza, Lando Vannata, Rafael dos Anjos, Anthony Pettis, Donald Cerrone and Justin Gaethje
  4. Knockout of the Night - One time - vs. Ramsey Nijem
  5. Submission of the Night - One time - vs. Mike Rio
  6. Performance of the Night - Three times - vs. Edson Barboza, Josh Thomson and Gleison Tibau
  7. Longest winning streak in UFC lightweight history - 12 matches


  1. PureCombat Welterweight Championship - One time

World MMA Awards

  1. 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.

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