Biography of Anthony Armand Ferguson Padilla
|Anthony Armand Ferguson Padilla
|Mixed Martial Artist
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|Muskegon Catholic Central High School
|Son- Armand Anthony
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Anthony Armand “Tony” Ferguson (born February 12, 1984) is an American professional mixed martial artist competing in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional competitor since 2008, Ferguson was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 13. In 2017, Ferguson defeated Kevin Lee to become the interim UFC Lightweight Champion
After winning the interim UFC Lightweight Championship in 2017, he set a new record for most consecutive wins in UFC lightweight division history with 10 and became widely regarded by pundits as one of the best lightweights in the history of the UFC.
Ferguson got married to Cristina Servin in June, 2012. Together the couple has a son named Armand Anthony. Popular as one of MMA’s most eccentric personalities, Ferguson trains in his own custom gym at his house in Big Bear Lake, California. Being self-centred he regularly posts videos of his workout routines on his personal Instagram. Some of the workouts are borderline weird. One such example is when he goes around smacking his arms and legs against metal poles to supposedly build bone strength. He even practices throwing baseballs off a pitchers’ mound. This is supposed to build power in his right-hand. The list of his unique workouts is endless. His ‘unique‘ fighting styles have regularly been the bud of jokes and comments from other fighters, some of whom have also gone to post parodies of Ferguson’s workouts on their Instagram pages.
In March 2019, Tony Ferguson’s wife Cristina filed a restraining order against her husband claiming that Ferguson has been exhibiting uncharacteristic behavior such as severe paranoia, insomnia and being under a false belief that a tracking chip was inserted into his leg during reconstructive knee surgery. All the paranoia has led to erratic behaviour on Ferguson’s end where he tore apart their home fireplace. Christina however has not claimed abuse or violence from Ferguson. According to her, the restraining order was just a precautionary measure to get Ferguson the necessary help for his mental state. In April 2019, Christina dropped all the charges and Ferguson resumed fighting.
Ferguson was expected to face Yancy Medeiros on February 28, 2015, at UFC 184. However, Medeiros pulled out of the bout citing injury and was replaced by Gleison Tibau.Ferguson won the fight by submission in the first round, which also earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.
Ferguson faced Josh Thomson on July 15, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 71. He won the fight via unanimous decision, which earned him his second straight Performance of the Night bonus.
Ferguson was expected to face Khabib Nurmagomedov on December 11, 2015, at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale. However, Nurmagomedov pulled out of the fight in late October, citing injury, and was replaced by Edson Barboza. After a back-and-forth first round that saw Ferguson docked one point due to an illegal upkick, Ferguson finished Barboza with a d’arce choke submission in the second round. He earned a Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night bonus with this win.
A rematch with Michael Johnson was briefly scheduled for March 5, 2016, at UFC 196. However, on January 27, it was announced that Johnson withdrew from the bout due to injury. In turn, the bout with Nurmagomedov was rescheduled and expected take place on April 16, 2016, at UFC on Fox 19. Subsequently, on April 5, Ferguson pulled out of the bout due to a lung issue.He was replaced by promotional newcomer Darrell Horcher.
Ferguson was expected to face Michael Chiesa on July 13, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 91. However, Chiesa pulled out of the fight on June 27 citing injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Lando Vannata. Despite being dropped and nearly finished with strikes in the first round, Ferguson rallied to defeat the fatigued Vannata via submission in the second round. Both participants were awarded a Fight of the Night bonus.
Ferguson faced former champion Rafael dos Anjos on November 5, 2016, at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale. He won the fight via unanimous decision. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance. The win also set a record for most consecutive wins in UFC lightweight division history with nine.
The pairing with Nurmagomedov was scheduled for a third time at UFC 209, this time for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship. However, prior to the weigh-ins for the event, Nurmagomedov was hospitalized due to the ill-effects of his weight cut, and the bout was cancelled yet again.
Ferguson faced Kevin Lee on October 7, 2017, at UFC 216 for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship. He won the bout via triangle choke submission in the third round.
A bout with Nurmagomedov has been scheduled for the fourth time and is expected to take place on April 7, 2018 at UFC 223.