Tony Ferguson has gone from a 12-fight successful streak to now shedding two in a row in 2020 and he’s decided to determine why.
El Cucuy misplaced to Charles Oliveira at UFC 256 on Saturday and the light-weight contender says he instantly went again into sparring after the struggle that very same evening – regardless of the actual fact his arm was almost damaged in an armbar throughout the struggle.
The 36-year-old posted a press release on Instagram following his loss and whereas he wasn’t making excuses, he did say he felt flat and warm-ups throughout the COVID-19 pandemic haven’t been the identical.
He wrote: “My Crew. No Excuses, I Felt Flat. I Went Out & Welcomed The Assault As a substitute Of Defend. The Heat Up Time In The Again for @UFC Hasn’t Been The Similar Since Pre-COVID.
“Nonetheless No Excuses, Occasions Change & So Do Folks The Time From Resort To UFC Apex Is A lot Extra Condensed & The Aggressive Stage We Wanted Was Not Reached. My Fault.
“After The Struggle, We Have been Checked By Docs & Went Again To The Resort. I Felt It Was In Order To Hit Pads/Spar Instantly As a result of The Struggle Was Contemporary In My Thoughts & Blood Circulation In My Arm Was Wanted. I Actually Wanted To Determine Out What The F’n Downside Was From The Struggle, Answer **Pre-Struggle Time Administration**
“Chuck Was Wanting Take My Again or Go For The Armbar As Quickly As We Hit The Mat. Thus I Didn’t Fear About The Mount, Child Was Slick However So Am I. I Was Wanting For The Knockout Standing & D’arce From Backside Place As soon as We Hit Jits Transitions.
“It Was Enjoyable Combating In opposition to A Wetblanket (AKA “Heavy Strain Opponent”) Mark My Phrases, That State of affairs Gained’t Occur Once more. Interval.
“My Arm Is Aright, The Armbar Was Actually Tight. The Thought Of My Son Arm and Anthony’s Means To Be Double Jointed In His Elbow Throughout That Sequence & My Psychological Capability To Endure Ache Bought Me Via It. # Breathe # MentalTUFness. One.
“I’m Past Grateful & Grateful For My Abilities. I Have Realized So A lot About Myself This 12 months & What My Objective In Life Is. My Search For That Epic Phrase Known as “greatness” Isn’t Over. Perceive Crew We Are Far From Being Retired, So Message To My Haters*ShaBam*
“Shout Out To My Workforce I Put Collectively On Three Weeks Discover. We’re Nonetheless GreenBoys Thanks For Not Deserting Me. (Workforce, We’re Barely Scratching The Floor To What We Can Actually Accomplish & For That I Say Amen). It Was Nice Making Weight & Being Round My Struggle Fam For The Week. I Can’t Wait Til We Compete In Entrance Of A Large Loud Crowd Once more, It’s Not The Similar With out You All.”
Ferguson began the 12 months with a shot towards Khabib Nurmagomedov in a dream match for a lot of, however you need to say after two back-to-back convincing losses, the lustre that matchup as soon as had has since diminished.
Nonetheless, two losses gained’t outline Ferguson and he says he’s ‘removed from retired’ at this level.
There’s nonetheless loads of good matchups left for him in UFC and a bout with Conor McGregor would definitely draw.
Then once more, who wouldn’t draw towards Conor!