Daniel Cormier is not convinced that Tony Ferguson lauding his own performance against Nate Diaz at UFC 279, and opines that the former interim Lightweight champion’s decline has been a steep one.
Tony Ferguson at his peak was as good as anybody in the UFC… but his decline now has been very steep: Daniel Cormier
From once marking a stupendous 12-fight win streak in the Octagon, Tony Ferguson has been presently suffering setbacks after setbacks. It has now been five back to back losses for ‘El Cucuy’ and its been more than three years since he last tasted victory.
The last time Ferguson won a fight in the Octagon was against the now-retired Donald Cerrone at UFC 238 back in June 2019, which was followed by five consecutive losses- against Justin Gaethje at UFC 249, Charles Oliveira at UFC 256, Beneil Dariush at UFC 262, Michael Chandler at UFC 274 and his latest one last weekend- a 4th round submission defeat against Nate Diaz in the welterweight main event of UFC 279.
Despite the loss, Ferguson seemed to be satiated by his performance. While admitting that it wasn’t wise to take the fight to the ground, the 38-year-old said that he was having fun in the cage and claimed that he’s back on the path to redemption.
Be that as it may, UFC commentator and former two-weight champ Daniel Cormier is not assertive on it, and while acknowledging that he did have his moments against Diaz, ‘DC’ does point out that Ferguson has had a very steep downfall.
“The most discouraging thing about it is Tony Ferguson’s decline. It’s sad because for so long, he was so good in a weight division where it was hard to become the champion. So he only held a portion of the belt by becoming interim champion, but Tony Ferguson at his peak was as good as anybody in the UFC. But his decline now has been very steep, and it hasn’t been gradual. It was very fast how he kind of fell off a cliff,” said Cormier on his YouTube channel.
“I’m kind of interested to see what Tony Ferguson is going to do next,” DC went on, “He said he’s back when the fight was over, and I don’t know what guided him to believe that he’s back in that performance. Sure, he did some things well. But I don’t believe for a second that Tony Ferguson should have taken that performance and feel like he’s building toward something.”
“It was a good fight, but what never leaves a guy is his toughness, and Nate Diaz’s toughness was on full display inside the octagon. Tony Ferguson hurt him a lot with those inside leg kicks, and the moment the fight was over, when Nate went to leave the octagon, he was limping very bad because his leg was beat up,” Cormier added. [H/T MMA Junkie]
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