“El Cucuy” continues to skid since Justin Gaethje snapped his 12-fight win streak last year, losing his third bout in a row. He took on Beneil Dariush in the co-main event on May 15, 2021, in Houston, Texas.
Mirroring his previous loss to Charles Oliveira, Ferguson (25-6) was controlled for most of the fight off his back. The judges ruled the bout a unanimous decision victory for Dariush.
At 37, some in the MMA community have questioned Ferguson’s ability to continue competing at the highest level. But for El Cucuy, his confidence seemingly hasn’t wavered.
Sharing a highlight video on social media Monday night of his past fights, Ferguson revealed that he isn’t going anywhere.
Ferguson wrote, “’It Ain’t Over Yet Mcgavin’, The Way I See It … We’ve Only Just Begun.’ -Happy Gilmore. Retire & Give These MF’s A Break!? No, Not On My Watch. Now I’m Pissed. -CSO- Thank you Hardcore For Picking Me Up When I Was Down- Champ #FindingMyHappyPlace #GoldJacket”
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Ferguson Has Fallen On Hard Times This Past Year
For years, El Cucuy was viewed as perhaps the most terrifying matchup in the division with his unorthodox, wild skillset and iron chin. He walked into the Octagon in May 2020 riding a 12-fight win streak that included victories over the likes of Rafael dos Anjos, Anthony Pettis and Kevin Lee.
However, his streak came to an end at UFC 249 when Gaethje put on the performance of his career, finishing El Cucuy in the fifth round via TKO.
In December, Ferguson looked to bounce back by taking out the surging Brazilian, Oliveira. He was met with another defeat, that time by unanimous decision.
May 15’s UFC 262 was Ferguson’s third loss in a row and it’s unclear where El Cucuy will go from here. But according to Ferguson, he’s not going too far.
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UFC 262 Results
In the main event of UFC 262, Oliveira captured lightweight gold. He won the vacant belt by defeating former Bellator lightweight king Michael Chandler via second-round TKO. See the fight card results below:
Charles Oliveira def. Michael Chandler via second-round TKO
Beneil Dariush def. Tony Ferguson via (30–27, 30–27, 30-27)
Rogerio Bontorin def. Matt Schnell via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)
Katlyn Chookagian def. Viviane Araujo via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 30–27)
Edson Barboza def. Shane Burgos via third-round TKO
Andre Muniz def. Jacare Souza via first-round submission (armbar)
Lando Vannata def. Mike Grundy via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 30-27)
Jordan Wright def. Jamie Pickett via first-round TKO
Andrea Lee def. Antonina Shevchenko via first-round submission (armbar)
Early Preliminary Card
Priscila Cachoeira def. Gina Mazany via second-round TKO
Tucker Lutz def. Kevin Aguilar via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Christos Giagos def. Sean Soriano via second-round technical submission (D’Arce choke)