UFC CEO Dana White admits caliber of opponents has “played a factor” in Tony Ferguson’s lengthy losing skid

By Susan Cox - December 18, 2023

UFC CEO Dana White admits the caliber of opponents has ‘played a factor’ in Tony Ferguson’s lengthy losing skid.

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UFC 296, which took place this past Saturday, December 16th at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, saw Tony Ferguson (26-10 MMA) vs Paddy Pimblett (21-3 MMA) in a lightweight bout.

The result was a unanimous decision loss for ‘El Cucuy’. Ferguson has now the unenviable record of tying B.J. Penn (16-14 MMA) for the longest consecutive losing streak in UFC history.

Ferguson, at 39, has lost 7 consecutive fights in slide of the Octagon. The opponents he has been defeated by include Justin Gaethje (25-4 MMA), Charles Oliveira (34-9 MMA), Beneil Dariush (22-6 MMA), Michael Chandler (23-8 MMA), Nate Diaz (21-13 MMA), Bobby Green (31-14 MMA) and as of Saturday, Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett.

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The last time Ferguson saw the win column was back in June of 2019 when he defeated Donald Cerrone (36-17 MMA) at UFC 238.

Prior to his current skid, Ferguson could boast a 12-fight winning streak and was ranked as one of the world’s best lightweights.

Following UFC 296, at the post-fight press conference, Dana White spoke with the media and gave his thoughts on Ferguson and retirement:

“I would love to see Tony retire. Listen, when you talk about a skid, you look at the guys he’s fought, and that plays a factor into it. And how did he look right up until he lost. Tonight, Tony looked like he should retire.”

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