Born on February 12, 1984 as Anthony Armand Ferguson, ‘Tony’ Ferguson is an American professional mixed martial artist. He competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Ferguson has been a professional fighter since 2008 and won The Ultimate Fighter 13. Ferguson defeated Kevin Lee, becoming the UFC Lightweight Champion in 2017. He is now regarded as one of the best lightweights in UFC history.Image Credit: Newaza Apparel
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Tony Ferguson grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, where he was a three-time All-State selection in wrestling and won the 152 pounds division in 2002. Ferguson won the 2006 National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) national wrestling championship in the 165 pounds division, though he didn’t finish college.
Tony Ferguson got his MMA career started in 2008, fighting for small organizations around California. After applying several times, Ferguson was accepted to compete in season 13 of the UFC’s reality series ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’
Tony Ferguson signed with the UFC to compete as a welterweight in 2011, on ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos.’ To make his way to the tournament finals, Ferguson managed to defeat Justin Edwards, Ryan McGillivray and Chuck O’Neil.
Tony Ferguson’s official UFC debut took place at ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season 13 finale, where he battled Ramsey Nijem to determine the season’s winner. Ferguson was victorious, defeating Nijem by knockout in the first round and earning the Knockout of the Night bonus.
Tony Ferguson returned to the UFC stage on September 24, 2011 to face Aaron Riley. Ferguson was declared victor by TKO when the match was stopped after the first round because Riley said he had a broken jaw. Ferguson carried on to ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season 14 finale to face veteran MMA fighter Yves Edwards, a fight he won via unanimous decision.
A fight between Tony Ferguson and Dennis Hallman was scheduled for May 5, 2012 for UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller, but Hallman was forced to sit the fight out because of injury and was replaced by Thiago Tavares, who was also forced on injury, replaced by Michael Johnson. Ferguson lost the fight with Johnson via unanimous decision after fracturing his left ulna bone in the second round.
Tony Ferguson took a year off from competing to allow his arm to heal and returned on October 19, 2013 to face Mike Rio. Ferguson won by D’Arce choke submission in the first round and earning the Submission of the Night Award.
Ferguson’s next fight took place on May 24, 2014 against Katsunori Kikuno, and Ferguson won with a knockout in the first round. Ferguson and Danny Castillo were originally scheduled to face each other on August 2, 2017 at UFC 176, but when UFC 176 was rescheduled so was the match, for August 30, 2014 at UFC 177. The fight ended with Ferguson winning via split decision.
On December 6, 2014 at UFC 181, Tony Ferguson defeated Abel Trujillo in the second round via submission. Ferguson was scheduled to face Yancy Medeiros on February 28, 2015, but Medeiros had to pull out and was replaced by Gleison Tibau. Ferguson beat Tibau via submission in the first round, earning the Performance of the Night bonus.
Tony Ferguson went on to face Josh Thompson on July 15, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 71, and won the fight via unanimous decision, earning his second straight Performance of the Night bonus. Scheduled to face Khabib Nurmagomedov in ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season 22 finale on December 11, 2015, Ferguson fought Edson Barboza after he replaced Nurmagomedov who pulled out due to injury. Ferguson defeated Barboza in the second round with a D’Arce choke submission. Ferguson earned Performance of the Night and Fight of the Night bonuses.
Initially, a rematch against Michael Johnson was scheduled for march 5, 2016 at UFC 196, but Johnson pulled out of the match due to injury. Another match with Nurmagomedov was scheduled for April 16, 2016, but Ferguson pulled out of the match on April 5 because of a lung issue, and was replaced by newcomer Darrell Horcher.
Tony Ferguson was preparing to face Michael Chiesa on July 13, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 91, but Chiesa cited injury, pulling out and was replaced by newcomer Lando Vannata. Ferguson collected his second straight win via D’Arce choke submission, earning another Fight of the Night Bonus.
At ‘The Ultimate Fighter Latin America’ season 3 finale on November 5, 2016. Tony Ferguson fought former champion Rafael dos Anjos, defeating him via unanimous decision. Both fighters were awarded the Fight of the Night Bonus, adding up to six post-fight bonuses in five matches for Ferguson. Ferguson set a new record with this win for the most consecutive wins in UFC lightweight division history, with 9.
The match between Tony Ferguson and Nurmagomedov was scheduled for a third time at UFC 209 for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship, but was cancelled when Nurmagomedov was hospitalized from the effects of his weight cut.
Tony Ferguson faced Kevin Lee on October 7, 2017 for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 216, winning the match via triangle choke submission in the third round. This win extended his consecutive win record to ten victories.
The match with Nurmagomedov has been scheduled for the fourth time for April 7, 2018 at UFC 233.
Tony Ferguson’s salary per fight has been steadily increasing. He reportedly earns close to half a million dollars per fight now. Additionally, he has earned about $1 million in bonuses during his career.
In all, we estimate Tony Ferguson net worth in 2018 at $2 million.