UFC 274: Image proves Tony Ferguson can do serious, serious damage

Tony Ferguson can do serious damage

Tony Ferguson has lost his last three fights, but there’s no doubting that he is still capable of causing damage to his opponents.

El Cucuy meets Michael Chandler in the Octagon this weekend at UFC 274, hoping to get back to winning ways.

The 38-year-old suffered a TKO defeat to Justin Gaethje in 2020, before also losing via unanimous decisions to Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush.

He has been openly questioned with some believing he should retire, but Ferguson himself clearly still thinks he has what it takes.

It will be interesting to see whether he is able to rediscover the form that saw him blow away his seven opponents prior to losing to Gaethje.

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The faces of those seven opponents who suffered at the hands of El Cucuy show just how destructive he can be.

American Josh Thomson had blood streaming down his face in July 2015 when he was beaten via unanimous decision.

Brazilian Edson Barboza was next to lose to Ferguson at The Ultimate Fighter event in December that same year.

Ferguson then beat fellow countryman Lando Vannata via submission in July 2016 with the defeated man looking in a very bad way after the fight.

Mexico City was the destination in November 2016 for a unanimous decision win for the 38-year-old against Rafael Dos Anjos.

Ferguson then won the interim UFC lightweight title against Kevin Lee at UFC 216 via a triangle choke.

Tony Ferguson's battered opponents
Tony Ferguson’s battered opponents

Perhaps it was El Cucuy’s next two opponents who suffered the most, though, as they were taken apart by the California-born man.

Anthony Pettis was beaten via a corner stoppage on the same card as Khabib Nurmagomedov versus Conor McGregor at UFC 229.

Donald Cerrone then had to endure a horrendous eye injury as he retired from their fight in June 2019, which is still Ferguson’s most recent victory.

There is clear evidence of how destructive the 38-year-old can be, but it’s been a few years since he showed that.

Another defeat on Saturday could make the calls for him to retire even louder, but El Cucuy will be adamant that he can prove everyone wrong. 

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