UFC lightweight contender Tony ‘El Cucuy’ Ferguson is setting his sights on a future return at the welterweight class after his quest to win the championship at the “boring” 155-pound division.
‘El Cucuy’ recently returned to action, following an eight-month hiatus, as he starred in the main card of the UFC 238 pay-per-view event last month at the United Center.
In a battle of two contrasting styles, Ferguson tussled with the fan-favourite and the streaking Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, with a chance to move closer to a crack at the lightweight title.
The long-time lightweight contender needed to shrug off a slow start as he lost the opening round to ‘Cowboy’ in a close fight.
Getting his bearings going, Ferguson was able to stamp his class in the second round, landing solid punches and kicks on Cerrone.
With a broken nose and a busted eye, the doctor ruled out that Cerrone can no longer continue to fight, giving Ferguson the technical knockout win.
“Not Bad Kid” 💪🕶 🇺🇸🏆🇲🇽 Champ Shit Only pic.twitter.com/Y1PEvltJrs
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) June 16, 2019
Ready To Step In
The win against Cerrone gave Ferguson his 12th straight victory or the longest winning streak ever in the history of the UFC lightweight class.
More importantly, it puts him in the best position to land the next title shot, possibly against the winner of the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier unification bout.
But in case one from the pair pulls out of the fight, the former interim champ is willing to step in as a replacement.
“We’re fighting for a title either way,” he said in an interview with MMA Junkie at the UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony last Friday.
“Superfights and all that would be interesting as far as (Conor McGregor) and all that good stuff, but Khabib and Poirier, (I’ll take the) winner of that obviously or if someone falls out for the title, for the belt.”
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) June 17, 2019
Returning To 170
If he succeeds in clinching the lightweight title, ‘El Cucuy’ wants to continue his winning ways at 170 pounds, where he plans to finish everybody.
“Later on I can knock out everybody at 170, but literally the most important thing right now is Khabib. Give me that belt.”
Continuing, Ferguson cited that he already beat everyone in the lightweight class, making the competition for him dull.
“Yeah, absolutely. I’m getting bored.”
“I beat everybody (expletive). They send me up to 170 (pounds), I’m going to tell them that I’m up there to collect rent.”
“I get to boot their (expletive) to 155 (pounds) now. It’s funny how that happens. I started at 170, I moved to 155, and I might have to go back up, but it’s part of the program.”
“It’s part of the game.”
— Boxing News Now (@Boxing_NewsNow) July 9, 2019
Ferguson was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Welterweight Tournament in 2011.
After winning the tournament, he made his UFC debut in the 155-pound class and has won 14 out his 15 fights.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov)