After McGregor tweeted that Ferguson “got turned into a nugget” during his May 7 loss, Ferguson responded on May 9 that he would be “comin’ after” McGregor.
El Cucuy had been on a mission to halt his losing streak heading into his featured bout with Michael Chandler at Footprint Center in Phoenix. Offensively, he had a solid first round, dropping Chandler and landing strong strikes from his back once Chandler took the fight to the mat.
The second round was a different story, however. Seconds into the frame, Chandler landed a ruthless head kick to knock Ferguson unconscious. A referee rushed over to Ferguson to protect him from follow-up strikes and called the fight, sending El Cucuy to his fourth defeat in a row.
McGregor Trolled Ferguson on Saturday Night; El Cucuy Responded
In a series of now-deleted tweets, McGregor poked fun at Ferguson’s unfortunate end to UFC 274. “Notorious” focused on the viral image of Ferguson’s face, which was captured at the exact millisecond when Chandler’s foot crushed his face.
“Tony had some great nuggets in the media build up,” McGregor wrote on Saturday night. “Then he got punt kicked to the chin and got turned into a nugget himself. That’s crazy.”
McGregor continued: “If you pulled that out of a McDonald’s bag you’d dip it in sauce and eat without a moments thought. No doubt. That would pass as a legit @McDonalds chicken nugget. That’s Crazy!”
Notorious has kept one tweet about Ferguson on his Twitter timeline, however. It contains four images with one likening El Cucuy’s face to a chicken nugget. See below:
As expected, Ferguson had something to say in response to McGregor.
“Ahhh There’s my b****,” Ferguson tweeted on Monday. “Next time tag me p****. Comin’ after you & ur crew. McNugget stays with you fake, can’t take what not your ya anymore thief. Still got no sauce & no balls McNuggets. I’ll see you & your crew soon comin after your gold leprechaun-Champ aka El Savvy -CSO-”
Ferguson Congratulated Chandler on the Win, Declared That He’s ‘Just Getting Started’
Also on Monday, El Cucuy tweeted his respect for Chandler, sharing a photo of Chandler getting his hand raised in the middle of the Octagon.
Ferguson wrote: “Congratulations to @MikeChandlerMMA On his victory at UFC 274. Had lots of fun in there, you fans are F***** wild I love this shit! Feels good to be back & hungry again. We were just getting started. Best Of Luck In Your Next Fight- Champ # ForTheLoveOfTheGame -CSO-.”
Ferguson was the only fighter from UFC 274 to be transported to the hospital. And as MMA Fighting reported, El Cucuy underwent a CT scan and was released after his test came back negative for any “immediate brain damage.”
It was the first time he’d been finished in such a way. The only other times Ferguson had been stopped in his professional mixed martial arts career was when Justin Gaethje earned a TKO at UFC 249 in May 2020 and Jamie Toney secured a triangle choke during a National Fight Alliance MMA event in 2009.
The seventh-ranked lightweight is now 25-7, and when the official UFC rankings update this week, he may continue his fall down the 155-pound ladder.