Tony Ferguson did not know about the defeat for eight years and had as many as 12 consecutive victories, but in 2020 his series was stopped and he lost two matches in a row for the first time in his career. Both Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira proved to be more willing and better than ‘El Cucuy’ who referred to the last two opponents in an interview with Submission Radio.
"It had nothing to do with the coaches or anything else. You can put all the blame on me." "But those two defeats, I tell you honestly, are the best lesson I could have and something the best that could have happened to me and my family," Tony began "I chased a guy like Khabib, tried to get to that fight, and then I was left without it.
Then the temporary belt was taken away from my nose ... " "But this is the game and I have no reason to be angry with it. But the way you're going to play this game is actually your approach, and for this year I've completely changed my approach.
" Ferguson will have his first match in 2021 on May 15 at UFC 262. His opponent for the occasion will be the increasingly dangerous Beneil Dariush.
He is a fighter with six wins in a row and a rival for whom Tony, among other things, is preparing in the company of legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach.
"I went back to the Olympic mentality and surrounded myself with people who are hungry like me." "Here (in the Wild Card Hall, op.a.) I'm surrounded by amateurs, professionals, and Olympians. You look at everything differently, but it's still hard work."
"It's nice to be surrounded by that, mostly because of that structure, and for a long time, I had to structure and balance everything. " He does not underestimate Dariush "He's been in this game for a long time, he's training with Rafael Cordeira and he's very strong in the fight against the counter guard."
"He combines different things well and that's why I do the same. Why? Because I've become too one-dimensional. And when you become one-dimensional, then there are no shifts. " "But now I'm hungry and I'm coming back.
I'm really coming back and you'll see that I'm going to combine some things very well," Ferguson said. Ferguson seems ready to correct his mistakes, which he is aware of, and to show that the two defeats were the result of poor preparation.