For the first time in more than a decade, Tony Ferguson, the former interim lightweight champion, has been dropped from the UFC lightweight rankings.
Following the UFC Vegas 66 fight programme last Saturday night, December 17th, 2022, the UFC recently revised its official rankings.
The updated rankings don’t list Tony Ferguson at 155 pounds among the Top 15.
Tony Ferguson has a woeful record of losing his previous 5 Octagon battles (25-8 MMA). Ferguson most recently suffered a defeat to Nate Diaz (21-13 MMA) at UFC 279 in September of this year. Additionally, Michael Chandler (23-8 MMA), Beneil Dariush (22-4 MMA), Charles Oliveira (33-9 MMA), and Justin Gaethje all triumphed over the Californian (23-4 MMA).
The 38-year-old had been on a 12-fight winning streak prior to those five defeats.
Ferguson’s most recent triumph in the Octagon came in June 2019 when he won by TKO at UFC 238 over Donald Cerrone (36-17 MMA).
How does the UFC compile the media rankings?
Here’s how the UFC compiles the media rankings:
‘Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound. A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC. A fighter can appear in more than one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight-class. However, the champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.’
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