Tony Ferguson is no novice in the peculiar mixed martial arts. The very capable fighter has been punching in the jaws since his debut in 2008. Ferguson is one of the best fighters in the UFC in the lightweight class and has achieved great victories under the platform. Tony Ferguson set a benchmark for his peers at the 2017 UFC Lightweight Championship with ten consecutive victories – the first-ever in the history of the UFC’s Lightweight Division. Many have wondered what the secret of his victory really was back then, but Ferguson’s life at the ring clearly proves that determination and hard work are his secrets. Here are some lesser-known facts about the UFC fighter.
Tony Ferguson’s Biography
He was born on February 12, 1984, as Anthony Armand Ferguson Padilla in Oxnard, California. He is of Mexican-American descent but received his family name from his stepfather, who is of Scottish-American descent. Tony began showing great inclination and mastery in wrestling in his high school days. During his time at Muskegon Catholic Central High School in Michigan, where he grew up, he was known for his profound skills in soccer and baseball.
One of his remarkable wrestling records at that time was that he was in the All-State selection three times and also won the 152 lbs division. After high school, Tony went to Central Michigan University and also attended Grand Valley State University. However, his passion for wrestling overshadowed his willingness to face his education. Ferguson spent most of his college years participating in various fights at school.
His mixed martial arts career began after college when he moved back to California. After moving to the city, he initially worked in marketing and sales and also had a part-time job as a night bartender. During this time he received an invitation from a patron to train young mixed martial artists. After accepting the offer, Tony was motivated to venture fully into the MMA field. He debuted in 2008 with smaller fights before joining the reality series The Ultimate Fighter in 2010. He then competed as a welterweight in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar against Team Dos Santos.
Ferguson joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) when he debuted in the final of The Ultimate Fighter 13 against Ramsey Nijem. He won his lightweight fight against Aaron Riley via TKO. He won the fight that took place in the final of The Ultimate Fighter 14 against Yves Edwards. Ferguson, who took a one-year break in 2012 due to an arm injury, returned in October 2013 and won his fight against Mike Rio at UFC 166. He continued to win other fights in the UFC and set impressive records on the platform. He won the main match in The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3, where he fought against Rafael dos Anjos.
By 2018, Ferguson has lost only 3 out of 23 matches and hopes to emerge victorious in the upcoming fights.
His Net Worth
Tony Ferguson, nicknamed “El Cucuy”, has achieved a financial status that his peers find desirable. For each of his victories, the famous fighter collects large sums of money from promotions.
When he won the fight against Lee at UFC 216 for the UFC Lightweight Intermediate Championship, Tony Ferguson collected a whopping $500,000 and $250,000 in tournament money. Ferguson, who debuted in 2008, has seen his salary grow steadily over the years. The UFC fighter earns over $450,000 per game and his winning bonus is estimated at $982,000. His net worth is conservatively estimated at around $2 million.
Family – Wife, and Kid
Tony Ferguson’s life may seem so busy with his work commitments, but the UFC fighter takes time out to enjoy his family and love life. He is married to Cristina Servin, his longtime girlfriend. Ferguson and Cristina were together for a long time before he asked the question in 2011. In June 2012 the couple finally tied the knot of marriage and have been together ever since. In April 2016, Tony and his wife welcomed a young boy, Armand Anthony.
Body Measurements – Height, Weight
Tony Ferguson has a strong and robust physique, which is quite comforting for his scary career. He may not be the biggest, but he is known for his strong endurance. He stands at a height of 1.80m (5ft 11in), proportional to his weight of 70kg (154 lbs). He has a long reach of 193 cm (76 1/2 inches).