Tony Ferguson picked up his ninth straight victory inside the Octagon Saturday, defeating former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision in a five-round headliner in Mexico City.
“El Cucuy” may not have gotten the stoppage victory he was initially looking for, but says he’s more than satisfied with the way things turned out.
“The plan was to go out there and finish him, but after the first round I actually wanted to prove to myself I could go five rounds and prove to the rest of the whole entire division — the ones [ranked] before me and the ones after me — that I’m a force to be reckoned with inside that Octagon,” he told UFC media following the fight. “I don’t care who steps foot in front of me.”
The first man to win nine in a row in the UFC’s lightweight division, Ferguson doesn’t think he’s too far off from sharing the cage with the division’s champion. Don’t expect him to call anybody out though.
“The title shot is there for the taking. I don’t talk much, I earn it every step of the way,” he said.
While Ferguson may be deserving of a title shot right now, there’s no telling what could be next for him or the lightweight crown. With so many fighters vying for the No. 1 contender spot, Ferguson says he’s going to keep grinding until his time comes.
“I don’t take breaks. Other people can take breaks. I’m back to training the next week. I’m probably going to take a couple days just to kind of chill out, relax and eat a couple pounds. I’m here to stay. I’ve got nine victories in a row and I’m 12-1 [in the UFC].”