Dana White thinks father time may have finally caught up with Tony Ferguson, as ‘El Cucuy’ suffered his third consecutive loss in the Octagon last night in the UFC 262 co-main event at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
Ferguson was dominated by Beneil Dariush for three straight rounds, with the former UFC interim lightweight champion taken down at will and unable to mount any offense from his back. The highlight of the fight was Ferguson surviving a vicious heel hook in the second round, with White labelling The Ultimate Fighter 13 winner one of the toughest fighters in the business.
“He had a tough three rounds,” White said of Ferguson at the UFC 262 post-fight press conference. “He couldn’t stop the takedown, he couldn’t get up from underneath Beneil, he had a tough night. He’s tough as hell though, man. He was in that heel hook and his ankle definetely popped. I mean, his ankle for the rest of the fight looked like a golf ball — maybe even a baseball. And he kept fighting. There’s no quit in that dude.”
“Time gets us all man,” White added. “It’s definitely got to Tony.”
Ferguson has suffered two lopsided defeats and a brutal TKO loss in his last three outings, but the 37-year-old won’t want to finish his career on a negative. He is still ranked in the top five but could find himself relegated to the bottom of the lightweight division after the UFC updates its rankings.