Dana White wonders if in-cage battles have caught up with Tony Ferguson after UFC 262 loss: ‘It’s definitely hit Tony’

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY SportsTony Ferguson was on the wrong end of another lopsided loss on Saturday, raising even more questions about his future. A longtime contender at 155 pounds, Ferguson suffered his third straight loss in the UFC 262 co-main event in Houston after being controlled on the ground for three rounds by Beneil Dariush. The loss was similar to how Ferguson was defeated by Charles Oliveira at UFC 256 in December. UFC President Dana White addressed Ferguson’s performance at the post-fight press conference, where he sounded unsure of what will be next for “El Cucuy.” “He had a tough three rounds,” White said. “He couldn’t stop the takedown, he couldn’t get up from underneath Dariush, and yeah, he had a tough night. I don’t know, we’ll see what happens.” The loss that ended Ferguson’s 12-fight win streak and began his current skid took place at UFC 249, where he was dominated in a standup battle with Justin Gaethje until the bout was waved off late in the fifth round. Ferguson has long been lauded for his toughness, but with little to show for it in his past three outings, it’s fair to wonder just how diminished he is as a fighter after turning 37 in February. White was specifically asked about how much the Gaethje fight might have affected Ferguson and he speculated it could be a combination of that and the cumulative wear and tear of 31 pro bouts that have Ferguson on the decline. “It could be that, it could be just time gets us all,” White said. “So it’s one of those things, I don’t know which one, or both. But yeah, unfortunately it’s definitely hit Tony.” White said that he hasn’t spoken to Ferguson about his future—whether that means still competing in the UFC, pursuing other opportunities, or possibly retiring—and with the dust still settling from Saturday’s card, it’s unclear when or if they will have that conversation. What White was more than happy to talk about was Ferguson’s “never say die” attitude, which was on full display once more at UFC 262 even if he once again failed to get his hand raised. “I don’t know,” White said. “I haven’t even thought about it. “He’s tough as hell though. He was in that heel hook and his ankle definitely popped. His ankle 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. He’s tough.”

Dana White wonders if in-cage battles have caught up with Tony Ferguson after UFC 262 loss: ‘It’s definitely hit Tony’
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Tony Ferguson was on the wrong end of another lopsided loss on Saturday, raising even more questions about his future.

A longtime contender at 155 pounds, Ferguson suffered his third straight loss in the UFC 262 co-main event in Houston after being controlled on the ground for three rounds by Beneil Dariush. The loss was similar to how Ferguson was defeated by Charles Oliveira at UFC 256 in December.

UFC President Dana White addressed Ferguson’s performance at the post-fight press conference, where he sounded unsure of what will be next for “El Cucuy.”

“He had a tough three rounds,” White said. “He couldn’t stop the takedown, he couldn’t get up from underneath Dariush, and yeah, he had a tough night. I don’t know, we’ll see what happens.”

The loss that ended Ferguson’s 12-fight win streak and began his current skid took place at UFC 249, where he was dominated in a standup battle with Justin Gaethje until the bout was waved off late in the fifth round. Ferguson has long been lauded for his toughness, but with little to show for it in his past three outings, it’s fair to wonder just how diminished he is as a fighter after turning 37 in February.

White was specifically asked about how much the Gaethje fight might have affected Ferguson and he speculated it could be a combination of that and the cumulative wear and tear of 31 pro bouts that have Ferguson on the decline.

“It could be that, it could be just time gets us all,” White said. “So it’s one of those things, I don’t know which one, or both. But yeah, unfortunately it’s definitely hit Tony.”

White said that he hasn’t spoken to Ferguson about his future—whether that means still competing in the UFC, pursuing other opportunities, or possibly retiring—and with the dust still settling from Saturday’s card, it’s unclear when or if they will have that conversation.

What White was more than happy to talk about was Ferguson’s “never say die” attitude, which was on full display once more at UFC 262 even if he once again failed to get his hand raised.

“I don’t know,” White said. “I haven’t even thought about it.

“He’s tough as hell though. He was in that heel hook and his ankle definitely popped. His ankle 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. He’s tough.”

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Charles Oliveira responds to Conor McGregor: Beat Dustin Poirier, then ‘I’ll put you on your ass’

Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty ImagesAmong the many fighters who responded to Charles Oliveira’s impressive title win at UFC 262 was former two-division champ Conor McGregor. McGregor’s message to the new Brazilian champion wasn’t anything overtly hostile and appeared to be a nod to his signature whiskey. But it still drew a response from Oliveira at the post-fight press conference. Congrats to Olivera on becoming the 11th UFC lightweight champion. Wonder who Twelve is...— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 16, 2021 At first, Oliveira pointed to McGregor’s upcoming trilogy against Dustin Poirier, who knocked him out in January to even the score at one bout apiece. “Conor, worry about Dustin,” Oliveira said via translator. “Then we’ll talk about it.” Then asked about title defense in his native Brazil, Oliveira one-upped himself and issued a little callout to the Irish star. “That would be fantastic,” he said of fighting on home soil. “Conor, since you’re so tough, first of all, you beat Dustin, and then come over to Brazil and I’ll put you on your ass.” The winner of Poirier vs. McGregor could be the first challenger for Oliveira, who won his first title after 28 fights in the octagon, a company record for the UFC. “I battled hard to get here,” Oliveira said. “Everybody’s talking about who it’s going to be next, Poirier or Conor. I’ll leave that to my manager, and I’m going to go home and rest.” Oliveira celebrated cageside with UFC commentator Joe Rogan and UFC President Dana White before leaping into the stands to celebrate with allies. He wept openly as the UFC title was wrapped around his waist and he was announced as champion. “I was liking the moment,” he said. “I told Joe, ‘Thank you so much for believing in me.’ I told Dana, ‘I’m not a boy any more.’” In fact, he is the man at lightweight, which means he’ll entertain all manner of callouts, whether they’re neutral or designed to get his blood up. With McGregor, it could be either. “First, he has to pass Dustin,” Oliveira said. “He’s just one of these guys that talks alot. He’s got to beat Dustin first.”

Charles Oliveira responds to Conor McGregor: Beat Dustin Poirier, then ‘I’ll put you on your ass’
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Among the many fighters who responded to Charles Oliveira’s impressive title win at UFC 262 was former two-division champ Conor McGregor.

McGregor’s message to the new Brazilian champion wasn’t anything overtly hostile and appeared to be a nod to his signature whiskey. But it still drew a response from Oliveira at the post-fight press conference.

At first, Oliveira pointed to McGregor’s upcoming trilogy against Dustin Poirier, who knocked him out in January to even the score at one bout apiece.

“Conor, worry about Dustin,” Oliveira said via translator. “Then we’ll talk about it.”

Then asked about title defense in his native Brazil, Oliveira one-upped himself and issued a little callout to the Irish star.

“That would be fantastic,” he said of fighting on home soil. “Conor, since you’re so tough, first of all, you beat Dustin, and then come over to Brazil and I’ll put you on your ass.”

The winner of Poirier vs. McGregor could be the first challenger for Oliveira, who won his first title after 28 fights in the octagon, a company record for the UFC.

“I battled hard to get here,” Oliveira said. “Everybody’s talking about who it’s going to be next, Poirier or Conor. I’ll leave that to my manager, and I’m going to go home and rest.”

Oliveira celebrated cageside with UFC commentator Joe Rogan and UFC President Dana White before leaping into the stands to celebrate with allies. He wept openly as the UFC title was wrapped around his waist and he was announced as champion.

“I was liking the moment,” he said. “I told Joe, ‘Thank you so much for believing in me.’ I told Dana, ‘I’m not a boy any more.’”

In fact, he is the man at lightweight, which means he’ll entertain all manner of callouts, whether they’re neutral or designed to get his blood up. With McGregor, it could be either.

“First, he has to pass Dustin,” Oliveira said. “He’s just one of these guys that talks alot. He’s got to beat Dustin first.”

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