Anthony Armand “Tony” Ferguson Padilla (born February 12, 1984) is an American professional mixed military artist currently contending in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). An expert contender since 2008, Ferguson was the champ of The Ultimate Fighter 13. In 2017, Ferguson defeated Kevin Lee to turn into the interim UFC Lightweight Champion.
In the wake of winning the interim UFC Lightweight Championship in 2017, he set another record for most successive wins in UFC lightweight division history (with 10) and turned out to be generally viewed by savants as a standout amongst other lightweights in the historical backdrop of the UFC. As of August 8, 2018, he is #2 in the authority UFC lightweight rankings and he is #13 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings.
Ferguson was conceived in Oxnard, California, however grew up for the most part in Muskegon, Michigan. He is of Mexican heritage. His surname of Ferguson originates from his Scottish American stepfather.
Ferguson was a three-sport competitor at Muskegon Catholic Central High School in football, baseball and wrestling. He was the beginning cautious back for the 2002 state football champions and was a three-time All-State choice in wrestling, winning the 152 lbs division in 2002.
After secondary school, Ferguson selected at Central Michigan University before exchanging to Grand Valley State University. He likewise completed a spell at Muskegon Community College. He didn’t finish his degree yet had a fruitful university wrestling vocation, winning the 2006 National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) national wrestling title in the 165 lbs division.
Following school, Ferguson moved back to California to be nearer to his more distant family, working in showcasing and deals amid the day and grabbing shifts as a barkeep around evening time. One night, while working a bar move, a benefactor conversed with him about his wrestling foundation and welcomed him to work with some young mixed military artists on their wrestling. Not long after this, he chose to seek after an expert blended hand to hand fighting (MMA) vocation.
Blended hand to hand fighting career
Ferguson started his expert MMA vocation battling in little associations around California in 2008. Prominent matches in his initial vocation incorporate a prevail upon kickboxing champion Joe Schilling and a misfortune to future WEC fighter Karen Darabedyan.
The Ultimate Fighter
Ferguson connected to contend in the UFC’s existence arrangement “The Ultimate Fighter” numerous occasions. In 2010, he was at long last acknowledged to contend in season 13 of the arrangement in the wake of hoarding a 10-2 proficient record and winning the welterweight title in PureCombat. He contended as a welterweight on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar versus Group dos Santos.
Ferguson was chosen as the third pick for Team Lesnar. In his first battle, Ferguson defeated Justin Edwards by knockout in the first round. He next confronted Ryan McGillivray in the quarter-finals and won by means of TKO in the first round. He then faced Chuck O’Neil in the semi-finals and won by means of TKO in the third round to progress to the last.
Extreme Fighting Championship
Ferguson formally made his UFC make a big appearance at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale against Ramsey Nijem to decide the victor of The Ultimate Fighter 13. Ferguson crushed Nijem through knockout in the first round to win a UFC contract and got the Knockout of the Night bonus.
Following his presentation, Ferguson came back to lightweight and faced Aaron Riley on September 24, 2011, at UFC 135. The battle was halted after the first round after Riley said he had a broken jaw. The battle was proclaimed a TKO triumph for Ferguson.
Ferguson at that point confronted MMA veteran Yves Edwards at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale. Ferguson won by means of consistent choice.
Ferguson was relied upon to face Dennis Hallman on May 5, 2012, at UFC on Fox: Diaz versus Miller.However, Hallman was constrained out of the session with damage and supplanted by Thiago Tavares. Then, Tavares was constrained out of the session with damage and supplanted by Michael Johnson. In the second round, Ferguson cracked his left ulna bone and proceeded to lose against Johnson by means of consistent decision.
After over a year from rivalry while recuperating his arm, Ferguson came back to face Mike Rio on October 19, 2013, at UFC 166. He won through D’Arce gag accommodation in the first round. The win additionally earned him his first Submission of the Night award.
Ferguson faced Katsunori Kikuno on May 24, 2014, at UFC 173. He won the battle by means of knockout in the first round.
Ferguson was relied upon to face Danny Castillo on August 2, 2014, at UFC 176. However, after UFC 176 was dropped, Castillo/Ferguson was rescheduled and occurred on August 30, 2014, at UFC 177. Ferguson won the battle by means of split choice.
Ferguson faced Abel Trujillo on December 6, 2014, at UFC 181. Ferguson won the session in the second round by means of accommodation.
Ferguson was required to face Yancy Medeiros on February 28, 2015, at UFC 184. However, Medeiros hauled out of the session refering to damage and was supplanted by Gleison Tibau Ferguson won the battle by accommodation in the first round which additionally earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.
Ferguson faced Josh Thomson on July 15, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 71. He won the battle by means of consistent choice and earned his second straight Performance of the Night bonus.
Ferguson was required to face Khabib Nurmagomedov on December 11, 2015, at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale. However, Nurmagomedov hauled out of the battle in late October, refering to damage, and was supplanted by Edson Barboza.After a forward and backward first round that saw Ferguson docked one indicate due an illicit upkick, Ferguson completed Barboza with a D’Arce gag accommodation in the second round. He earned his third consecutive Performance of the Night bonus and in addition a Fight of the Night bonus.
A rematch with Michael Johnson was quickly planned for March 5, 2016, at UFC 196.However, on January 27, it was declared that Johnson pulled back from the session because of damage. Thus, the session with Nurmagomedov was rescheduled and expected occur on April 16, 2016, at UFC on Fox 19. On April 5, Ferguson hauled out of the session because of a lung issue.He was supplanted by special newcomer Darrell Horcher.
Ferguson was relied upon to face Michael Chiesa on July 13, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 91. However, Chiesa hauled out of the battle on June 27 refering to damage and was supplanted by limited time newcomer Lando Vannata. Ferguson won his second in a row battle by means of D’Arce stifle and was granted another Fight of the Nightbonus.
Ferguson battled previous champion Rafael dos Anjos on November 5, 2016, at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale. He won the battle by means of consistent choice. The two members were awarded Fight of the Night which gave Ferguson his 6th post-battle reward in his previous five fights The win additionally set a record for most back to back wins in UFC lightweight division history with nine.
The matching with Nurmagomedov was planned for a third time at UFC 209, this time for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship. However, before the weigh-ins for the occasion, Nurmagomedov was hospitalized because of the evil impacts of his weight cut, and the session was dropped yet again.
Ferguson faced Kevin Lee on October 7, 2017, at UFC 216 for the interval UFC Lightweight Championship. He won the session by means of triangle gag accommodation in the third round. The win additionally expanded his UFC record with ten straight triumphs in the lightweight division.
A session with Nurmagomedov had been planned for the fourth time on April 7, 2018, at UFC 223. However, on April 1, 2018, it was accounted for that Ferguson tore his fibular guarantee ligament and was compelled to pull back from the event.
Ferguson is relied upon to face Anthony Pettis on October 6, 2018 at UFC 229.
Ferguson is hitched and has a child, Armand Anthony, conceived April 28, 2016.
Titles and accomplishments
National Collegiate Wrestling Association
NCWA National Champion (2006)
NCWA All-American (2006, 2007)
North Central Conference Champion (2006, 2007)
Michigan High School Athletic Association
MHSAA Division IV State Champion (2002)
MHSAA Division IV All-State (2000-2002)
Blended military arts
PureCombat Welterweight Championship (One time)
Extreme Fighting Championship
Interim UFC Lightweight Championship (One time)
The Ultimate Fighter 13 winner
Battle of the Night (Three times)
Knockout of the Night (One time)
Execution of the Night (Three times)
Accommodation of the Night (One time)
Longest winning streak in lightweight division history (Ten)