Circling back to Tony’s lack of KO’s. If you’re not fearing the KO, why would you fear Tony Ferguson?
To fight Ferguson, it’s important to always keep a few tricks up your sleeve because nothing is going to be enough. Each opponent has brought their best and while they may catch him, the pace will overpower any man across from him. When the pace becomes too much, desperation kicks in. When desperation kicks in, fighters question their heart all the while Tony is still coming.
One of the most creative strikers in UFC history, Anthony Pettis, learned this the hard way in their UFC 229 showstopper.
It took little time for Ferguson to fall into his usual groove of backing his opponent into the cage, tagging them up faster than hands can go up to block them. Before long, “Showtime” Pettis was cartwheeling to get away from the cage. His best along with his best creativity wasn’t enough and it was showing.
Fast forward to the second round where it was the same story until Pettis received a cut so bad doctors had to come observe. After giving the go ahead to continue, the first thing Pettis saw when the doctors stepped away was a menacing, blood splattered smile of Tony Ferguson waiting to terrorize him all over again.
If you aren’t ready for the hardest fought war of your life, mentally and physically, don’t take a fight with El Cucuy.