Anthony Armand Ferguson Padilla is the original name of Tony Ferguson. Ferguson is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, in which he is a former interim UFC Lightweight Champion.
Tony was born on February 12, 1984, in Oxnard, California, but grew up in Muskegon, Michigan. He is a Mexican heritage. His surname “Ferguson” comes from his Scottish American stepfather. Tony was a three-sport athlete at Muskegon Catholic Central High School in football, baseball, and wrestling.
He was also the starting defensive back for the 2000 Division 8 state football champions and a three-time All-State selection in wrestling by winning the 152-lb division in 2002. However, after completing high school, Tony enrolled at Central Michigan University before transferring to Grand Valley State University. Tony also did a stint at Muskegon Community College. Although he did not complete his degree but had developed a successful collegiate wrestling career after winning the 2006 National Collegiate Wrestling Association national wrestling championship in the 165-lb division.
Tony started his professional MMA career fighting in small organizations around California in 2007. Some remarkable matches include a win over kickboxing champion Joe Schilling and a loss to future WEC fighter Karen Darabedyan.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Tony officially made his UFC debut at the Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale against Ramsey Nijem. That Fight was intended to determine the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 13. Tony beat Nijem by Knockout in the first round to win a UFC contract and got the Knockout of the Night bonus.
Later on, Tony returned to lightweight and faced Aaron Riley on September 24, 2011, at UFC 135. The match got stopped after the first round when Riley said he had a broken jaw. The Fight was cleared a TKO victory for Tony.
Tony also faced MMA veteran Yves Edwards at the Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale, where he won via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 29–28).
In recent years, on October 6, 2018, Tony faced Anthony Pettis at UFC 229. However, he won the bout via corner stoppage after two rounds. Anthony Pettis’ coach Duke Roufus informed the referee that he would not continue after suffering a broken hand. However, this win brought his fourth FightFight of the Night bonus.
Tony then faced Donald Cerrone on June 8, 2019, at UFC 238. He won the UFC 238, where he won the fight via TKO. After that hit doctor made stoppage and Cerrone blew his nose between rounds 2 & 3. As a result, his swollen right eye to completely close made him unable to continue into the FightFight. He earned the FightFight of the Night award.
Tony has a son and his wife, Cristina Ferguson. However, in March 2019, Tony’s wife Cristina, filed a restraining order against Ferguson. She claimed uncharacteristic behavior such as severe paranoia, not sleeping for days, tearing apart their home fireplace. She also believed that a tracking chip was inserted into his leg during reconstructive knee surgery. His wife did not claim any form of abuse or violence from Tony. Cristina claimed that she filed the restraining order as a precaution to help Ferguson improving his mental stability. However, in April 2019, Cristina had dropped the restraining order, and it was mostly revealed that Tony would resume fighting.
Tony is best known for his unorthodox training routine, including hitting steel bars with his elbows and knees. During a fight, he knows every tactic to defend the opponent.The upcoming match where Tony is scheduled to fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov on April 18, 2020, at UFC 249 for the UFC Lightweight Championship.