Tony Ferguson emerged on MMA’s biggest stage in 2011, not only by knocking out Ramsey Nijem to win TUF 13, but by proceeding to score wins over veterans Yves Edwards and Aaron Riley. When you consider that Edwards and Riley have over 100 fights combined between them, that’s pretty impressive stuff.

Last May, however, Ferguson came up short against Michael Johnson, and lost by by unanimous decision to his fellow TUF vet. In a recent interview with RM Sports (which was published first by, Ferguson had this to say about the defeat, which was his first since 2009 and ended his six fight winning streak.

“Dealing with my first loss in the UFC was really hard. Going through the fight, going back into round two, it was just starting to get warmed up, and going from round two when he threw a set of kicks that broke my arm I had to bite the bullet. I wasn’t going to go out like a punk, and go out with a TKO on my record, another one I guess you would say…I fought my but off to get just a finish.”

Now that he’s healed up from the injury, Ferguson will make his Octagon return at UFC 166 on October 19th, when he takes on Mike Rio. It will be interesting to see how “El Cucuy” performs.

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