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Interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson has always shown a deftness with his hands, sometimes out-boxing opponents when they stand with him. But he’s also shown a solid ability to grapple – and now we know why.

Apparently, Ferguson has been training with 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu founder Eddie Bravo. And now Bravo has awarded him his black belt!

As per official UFC release:

After claiming the interim UFC lightweight title with a third-round submission of Kevin Lee in the UFC 216 headliner earlier this month, Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) got another belt of significance this week.

Ferguson was awarded his black belt from 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu head coach Eddie Bravo, a well deserved honor considering the success of “El Cucuy” on the mat in recent years, but particularly the showdown with Lee.