UFC legend ‘Rampage’ Jackson offers Tony Ferguson some words of wisdom amid seven-fight losing skid

RampageOctagon icon Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson offered some words of wisdom to Tony Ferguson. El Cucuy‘ is on the cusp…

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Octagon icon Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson offered some words of wisdom to Tony Ferguson.

El Cucuy‘ is on the cusp of making UFC history. Unfortunately, it’s not the type of history you generally want to be associated with. The former lightweight interim champion has lost seven fights in a row, tying the record once set by another legend of the sport — B.J. Penn. With one more loss, Ferguson will claim sole possession of the record for the longest losing streak in promotional history.

Appearing on the JAXXON podcast, Ferguson received some heartfelt advice from ‘Rampage’ while discussing his struggle to find the win column in recent years.

“Tell yourself in the morning when you wake up, give yourself an ‘I deserve this. I deserve this victory. I deserve to get back on top. I deserve everything because I worked hard. I’m a hard worker.’ Tell yourself that every morning when you wake up, thank the man up high,” Jackson said. “Show gratitude. Thank him for your healthy beautiful kids. Your beautiful wife. Everything. Thank him for the things you don’t have. Thank him for things that you want and never talk about what you don’t have. Always thank him for everything.

“And then tell yourself you do deserve it. And don’t feel guilty for anything you’ve done in the past. We’re all ratchet men. Nobody’s perfect. You deserve it. You deserve everything.”

It’s been nearly five years since Tony Ferguson has seen his hand raised inside the Octagon. After amassing a record-setting 12-straight wins in the lightweight division, ‘El Cucuy’ suffered a brutal fifth-round knockout loss against current BMF titleholder Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 in May 2020. He hasn’t been the same since.

Ferguson has come up short against some of the absolute best fighters at 155, including Charles Oliveira, Beneil Dariush, Michael Chandler, and Nate Diaz. However, his most recent losses against Bobby Green and Paddy Pimblett have fans practically begging him to hang up his gloves — something he has no intention of doing.

Kevin Lee eyes Tony Ferguson rematch after confirming retirement-Snapping UFC return: ‘There’s great fights’

Kevin Lee eyes rematch fight with Tony Ferguson after snapping retirement UFC returnFormer interim lightweight title challenger, Kevin Lee has already laid out a host of names to welcome him back…

Kevin Lee eyes rematch fight with Tony Ferguson after snapping retirement UFC return

Former interim lightweight title challenger, Kevin Lee has already laid out a host of names to welcome him back to the Octagon after confirming the snapping of his retirement from active competition – with the ex-UFC championship chaser suggesting a rematch fight with former rival, Tony Ferguson.

Lee, a former interim lightweight title challenger – who featured against Ferguson in a triangle choke submission loss back in 2017 in the pair’s championship battle, confirmed his plans to finish his fighting career back in the summer of last year.

However, less than a year later, the Michigan native confirmed this week how a conversation with his mother sparked his decision to make a retirement u-turn – and chase a comeback fight under the UFC banner once more.

Making his return at a UFC Vegas 76 card back in July of last year, Lee, who has dealt with a slew of recurring knee injuries in the latter tenure of his career, suffered a catastrophic guillotine choke submission loss to Rinat Fakhretdinov in just 55 seconds. 

Kevin Lee welcomes Tony Ferguson rematch in UFC return

And off the back of his announcement of a comeback to active competition earlier this week, Lee suggested future fights in his return against the likes of the above-mentioned, Ferguson, lightweight staple, Michael Chandler, or even former two-division champion, Conor McGregor.

“There’s a couple great fights [for a comeback],” Kevin Lee told Middleeasy during a recent interview. “Tony Ferguson, maybe the winner or loser of Conor (McGregor) or (Michael) Chandler.”

“I’m honestly not focused too much on opponents right now,” Kevin Lee continued. “I think I have a long road ahead of me as far as getting healthy [goes]. Two getting into shape, and three, singing a contract. Then maybe we can look at location, and then talk about opponents. So, it’s far down the road for me to be thinking about opponents.”

Over the course of his stint in the Octagon collectively, Lee has turned in notable wins over the likes of Efrain Escudero, Jake Matthews, Michael Chiesa, Edson Barboza, and most recently, a hellacious high-kick KO win over then-surging wrestling ace, Gregor Gillespie. 

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Tony Ferguson laments failed fight with UFC rival Conor McGregor: ‘That kid would never sign on the dotted line’

Tony Ferguson laments failed fight with Conor McGregor he would never sign on the dotted line UFCFormer interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson has claimed despite multiple efforts to land a fight with former stablemate and…

Tony Ferguson laments failed fight with Conor McGregor he would never sign on the dotted line UFC

Former interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson has claimed despite multiple efforts to land a fight with former stablemate and two-division UFC champion, Conor McGregor – the Dubliner never elected to actually put pen to paper on a deal to clash.

Ferguson, a former interim lightweight titleholder, has been sidelined since he suffered his record-tying seventh consecutive loss at UFC 296 back in December, dropping a unanimous decision defeat to Liverpool contender, Paddy Pimblett over the course of three rounds.

As for McGregor, the former undisputed lightweight and featherweight champion, is expected to make his return to the Octagon this summer, most recently fracturing his left tibia and fibula in an opening round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss to Dustin Poirier back in 2021. 

And forever on an apparent collision course, particularly following McGregor title success at 155 pounds back in 2016 – Ferguson failed to ever secure a fight with the Dubliner, who then shared the same management firm with the ex-champion, under the banner of Paradigm Sports.

Tony Ferguson discusses failed Conor McGregor fight

Sharing his thoughts on a failed showdown with McGregor, Ferguson, who held the interim lightweight crown back in 2017 when the Crumlin striker still also held lightweight spoils, claimed the 35-year-old never signed a contract to fight him.

“No dice,” Tony Ferguson said of a fight with Conor McGregor when replying to a user on his official X account. “That kid would never sign on the dotted line – champ.” 

Expected to make his comeback potentially as soon as the end of June during International Fight Week, McGregor revealed before the turn of the year how he would be fighting former lightweight title chaser, Michael Chandler – in a shocking middleweight limit debut for both. 

Who would have won in a fight between Tony Ferguson or Conor McGregor?

Tony Ferguson tore his MCL ahead of UFC 296 loss to Paddy Pimblett, undergoes surgery: ‘No despair, just repair’

Tony FergusonTony Ferguson blew out his MCL ahead of a UFC 296 return against Paddy Pimblett in December. El Cucuy‘…

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Tony Ferguson blew out his MCL ahead of a UFC 296 return against Paddy Pimblett in December.

El Cucuy‘ is currently tied with Octagon legend BJ Penn for the longest losing streak in UFC history after suffering his seventh-straight loss at the promotion’s final pay-per-view of 2023. Determined to get back into the win column against the fast-rising Liverpudlian, Ferguson instead succumbed to a unanimous decision defeat following another lackluster performance.

And while Ferguson makes no excuses for once again coming up short, the former interim titleholder revealed on Instagram that he recently underwent surgery to repair a torn MCL that he sustained before his fight with Pimblett.

“Two weeks before Thanksgiving I f*cked my sh*t up during a practice sesh, MCL tear,” Ferguson wrote. “I kept it to myself and put it behind me ‘til after the fight. I trained like no one knew, sh*t hurt so good. Three weeks before fight time told a few of my crew. Nothing changed.

“I recently took care of my leg (my MCL) and had surgery last Thursday, one week after my elbow/arm surgery (both arthroscopic). Thought I would get them both done and double-down. Got it over with so I can do what I do best. Beyond rage is an understatement. I feel no despair, just repair.”

Tony Ferguson has no intention of retiring

Ferguson, who is just a few weeks shy of turning 40, has been urged by practically everyone, including UFC CEO Dana White, to hang up his gloves. ‘El Cucuy’ has refused to do so, suggesting that he is “just barely hitting” his prime.

Despite his string of losses, Tony Ferguson is a future first-ballot UFC Hall of Famer, having at one time amassed a 12-fight win streak in one of the promotion’s most loaded divisions. He holds victories over notables, including Anthony Pettis, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, Rafael dos Anjos, Edson Barboza, and Josh Thomson.

Tony Ferguson undergoes elbow surgery in hope of prolonging UFC career despite calls for retirement: ‘Wolverine recovery’

Tony Ferguson undergoes surgery on elbow vows Wolverine recovery amid calls for UFC career retireTony Ferguson undergoes another surgery, this time on his elbow, in hopes of continuing. MMA career. Ferguson is now…

Tony Ferguson undergoes surgery on elbow vows Wolverine recovery amid calls for UFC career retire

Tony Ferguson undergoes another surgery, this time on his elbow, in hopes of continuing. MMA career.

Ferguson is now on a seven-fight losing streak after losing to Paddy Pimblett as recently as December in the pair’s main card clash at UFC 296.

At UFC 296 last month. A once feared and elite lightweight, Ferguson is a shell of his former self and now at 39 years old a turnaround seems unlikely. 

However, Ferguson is steadfast in continuing to career despite many calling for him to hang up the gloves. 

“Arthros CopyThat -CSO- UpGrade Thanks Dr. ️Mora — Champ,” Ferguson wrote on X, “Be’GonBone Fragments Morning 3 Hour Sesh’ In The Boox! Wolverine Recovery TwoWeeks.”

Tony Ferguson faces another setback after injury

Posting to his Instagram, Ferguson would reveal that he had recently undergone surgery on his elbow to remove bone fragments

“Love My Fans & Supporters, You All Are Fuckin’ Fire Met Lots Of You Saturday/ This Weekend / This Week Keep The Faith MF’s. One Foot In Front Of The Other B*tches. Remember What I Said Crew” – Champ -CSO-  # ThereIsNoSuccessWithoutStruggle # Not RetiringCasuals # EatAFat OneYa’BunchOfEunics 

Injuries plagued Ferguson’s career and forced him to miss out on several big fights including a undisputed title fight clash against Khabib Nurmagomedov. While Ferguson became UFC interim lightweight champion, a shot at undisputed gold has eluded him. 

During his prime ‘El Cucuy’ was a nightmare to deal with – toughness, cardio, a good jiu-jitsu game and unusual striking style led him to a blood-filled 12-fight win streak which saw him claim victories over the likes of Rafael dos Anjos, Anthony Pettis and Edson Barboza

Whatever he decided to do next, Ferguson will forever be a beloved fighter who gave fans many memorable moments and will go down as a legend. 

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Tony Ferguson boasted as future UFC Hall of Fame inductee: ‘We got to get him in on the merit of that winning streak’

Tony Ferguson backed to receive UFC Hall of Fame induction on the merit of that winning streakFormer interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson has been backed as a future inductee into the UFC’s Hall of Fame…

Tony Ferguson backed to receive UFC Hall of Fame induction on the merit of that winning streak

Former interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson has been backed as a future inductee into the UFC’s Hall of Fame by current play-by-play lead, Jon Anik, who points to the Oxnard veteran’s once record-setting 12-fight winning streak as meriting him an induction into the ‘Fighter Wing’. 

Ferguson, a former interim lightweight champion and victor of The Ultimate Fighter during his UFC tenure, slumped to his record-setting seventh consecutive loss at UFC 296 back in December – following a one-sided unanimous decision loss to Paddy Pimblett. 

Joining former two-weight champion, B.J. Penn in the midst of the longest consecutive losing run in the UFC with his seventh straight loss last month, Ferguson once held a record-setting run of 12 consecutive victories – including an interim title fight victory, as part of a stunning run between 2013 until 2019.

And despite his losing run, in which Ferguson has been urged by the likes of UFC CEO, Dana White, as well as Hall of Fame inductee, color-commentator, Daniel Cormier to call time on his fighting career, the Oxnard veteran insists he has no plans to hang up his gloves from combat sports.

Tony Ferguson backed to land UFC Hall of Fame induction

Going to bat for former interim titleholder, Ferguson, play-by-play lead, Anik claims he would like to see the former land in the ‘FIghter Wing’ of the promotion’s Hall of Fame when it’s all said and done – based on his 12-fight winning spree.

“I will fight like hell for Tony Ferguson to get in [to the UFC Hall of Fame],” Jon Anik told MMA Junkie Radio. “I think sometimes the interim champions can become interesting cases. But maybe I won’t have to fight for Tony. But if there needs to be a fight for Tony Ferguson to get into the UFC Hall of Fame as a modern-era fighter on the merits of his individual accomplishments and not a singular fight like he has against Lando Vannata or Edson Barzboa, we’ve got to get Ferguson in on the merits of that 12-fight lightweight winning streak.” 

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