Former TUF 13 winner Tony Ferguson has a big fight ahead of him, as “El Cucuy” will look to get back on the winning track at UFC 166 on October 19th, when he takes on Mike Rio. In fact, the lightweight will be competing for the first time since May, 2012, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Michael Johnson. The loss ended Ferguson’s six fight winning streak, which included Octagon wins over Ramsey Nijem, Aaron Riley and Yves Edwards.
While the 29 year-old Ferguson still has plenty to do and accomplish in his fighting career, RM Sports recently spoke to him about his plans for after MMA, and here’s some of what he had to say (as told to RM Sports and posted on FightLine).
“What I’d like to do, I’d like to be able to settle down with my wife more and be able to coach. I’d like to open and own a gym, a mixed-martial-arts gym, and give a lot of the local fighters an opportunity that I wasn’t presented with, or that people have presented me with. I’ve been very fortunate in my career where people have given me the necessary tools that I needed to get me where I’m at.”
Sounds like a plan, and considering Ferguson is a former TUF winner and has already scored some big wins in his MMA career, one would think he won’t have difficulties finding students.
UFC 166 will be hosted by Houston’s Toyota Center and will feature heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez taking on Junior dos Santos in the main event.