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Tony Ferguson Stands Firm Amid Retirement Talks Following Seventh UFC Loss

Tony Ferguson, despite facing relentless calls for his retirement following his seventh consecutive UFC loss at UFC 296, remains resolute in his determination to continue fighting.

The former interim UFC lightweight champion, Ferguson, whose record stands at 25-10, encountered a significant setback in his career, matching B.J. Penn's record for the most consecutive losses in octagon history. His latest defeat came by way of a unanimous decision against Paddy Pimblett, marking a stark contrast to his once-stellar career.

Not long ago, Ferguson boasted an impressive streak of 12 consecutive victories in the lightweight division. However, fate has dealt him a harsh hand, leading to a downward spiral in recent years. His last victory dates back to June 2019, marking a profound shift in fortunes.

Following UFC 296, Dana White, the UFC CEO, expressed his sentiments regarding Ferguson's future in the sport, expressing a desire to see the veteran fighter retire from active competition. Nevertheless, Ferguson seems unwavering in his stance against hanging up his gloves.

Taking to social media, Ferguson conveyed his intent to persist despite the suggestions for retirement, posting a message that hinted at his determination to forge ahead, as seen in his Instagram caption.

The 39-year-old fighter's future with the UFC remains uncertain, with White refraining from indicating whether Ferguson would remain under contract if he chooses to continue competing.

Ferguson's recent string of defeats came against formidable opponents, including Pimblett, Bobby Green, Nate Diaz, Michael Chandler, Beneil Dariush, Charles Oliveira, and Justin Gaethje, further intensifying the challenges he faces within the competitive realm of the UFC. 

Despite this, Ferguson's unwavering resolve underscores his commitment to confront adversity head-on and carve a path forward in the sport he holds dear.


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