Former UFC interim lightweight champion and fan favorite Tony ‘El Cucuy’ Ferguson is recovering well from the series of reportedly mental health issues he was going through.
That being said, it might take a while until he gets his career back on track when it comes to fighting inside the octagon. However, outside the octagon, Ferguson has taken an important step. Ferguson is no longer a part of Paradigm management team and has joined hands with Ballangee group.
“Tony Ferguson is a talented athlete, and we hope his future brings him personal happiness both in and out of the Octagon,” Paradigm CEO and president, Audie Attar said in a statement provided to ESPN.
Ferguson is on an unprecedented 11 fight winning streak. However due to unfortunate events and nature of the division, hasn’t got his well deserved title shot. Ferguson became the interim champion by defeating Kevin Lee at UFC 216 back in October 2017. He then got an opportunity to unify his belt against champ and arch rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, however an unfortunate injury led to him being pulling out.
Ferguson again established his name under the mix after an impressive win over former champ Anthony Pettis. The victory had Ferguson the front runner to face featherweight king Max Holloway for the interim lightweight belt at UFC 236. Ferguson however turned down the offer and the opportunity was presented to Dustin Poirier.
Interestingly, Paradigm management also manages another of Ferguson’s arch rival, former double champ ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor.