Dana White has revealed Tony Ferguson is taking a while away from the octagon after dropping his final three fights within the UFC.
Ferguson (25-6) final fought No.3-ranked Beneil Dariush at UFC 262 in Could this 12 months. He misplaced the three-round co-main occasion by way of unanimous choice. The outcome adopted prior setbacks towards present champion Charles Oliveira and former interim titleholder Justin Gaethje.
Throughout a latest dialog with UFC Arabia’s Farah Hannoun, the UFC president careworn that ‘El Cucuy’ continues to be one of the vital proficient fighters on the promotion’s roster.
“No, no, nothing on Tony. I do not assume he is desperate to combat proper now. I believe he is taking a while off… Pay attention, he is nonetheless one of the vital proficient guys on the market. When he is prepared to come back again, we’ll match him up and we’ll see how he does.”
Watch Dana White in dialog with Farah Hannoun beneath:
White is at present in Abu Dhabi for UFC 267, which will probably be obtainable free of charge to followers in the US. The occasion would be the promotion’s first non-pay-per-view numbered occasion since UFC 138 in 2011.
Tony Ferguson was scheduled to combat Khabib Nurmagomedov for the title earlier than occurring a three-fight skid
Tony Ferguson was as soon as on a 12-fight successful streak, which started with a submission win over Mike Rio at UFC 166 in October 2013.
Throughout his exceptional run, Ferguson collected victories over Rafael dos Anjos, Kevin Lee, Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone. The streak noticed him seal a light-weight title conflict towards Khabib Nurmagomedov, scheduled for UFC 249 final Could.
Nonetheless, the combat did not come to fruition after ‘The Eagle’ grew to become caught in Russia as a consequence of COVID-19 journey restrictions. Tony Ferguson ultimately took on substitute Justin Gaethje on the identical card in an interim title bout. He misplaced by way of fifth-round TKO and ‘The Spotlight’ left Jacksonville with the gold.
Ferguson by no means fought Khabib Nurmagomedov regardless of having had an encounter with the Dagestani canceled a whopping 5 occasions. The duo had been scheduled to combat on the Final Fighter 22 Finale, at UFC 196, UFC 209, UFC 223 and UFC 249.
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Khabib pulled out thrice as a consequence of damage, ailing results of a weight reduce and COVID-19, whereas Feguson withdrew twice as a consequence of well being points.