Fans urge Tony Ferguson to “retire” as losing streak currently runs at seven after defeat against Paddy Pimblett at UFC 296

Tony Ferguson extended his losing streak to 7 at UFC 296, a record he now shares with former two-division champion, BJ Penn. His opponent. Paddy Pimblett showed significant improvement from his previous fights and outclassed Ferguson with grappling.

Ferguson, who will be 40 in February, was once the dominant force in the lightweight division. His twelve-fight win streak in the division is a record, one he shares with the retired lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and the current champion, Islam Makhachev.

Paddy Pimblett extends winning streak with win over Tony Ferguson

Paddy Pimbeltt, the darling of British fans, was in a lose-lose situation at UFC 296, where he faced off with a past-his-prime Tony Ferguson. With the victory, Pimblett erased any doubts from his controversial victory over Jared Gordon at UFC 282.

Pimblett, the former Cage Warrior featherweight champion, is now 5-0 in the UFC’s lightweight division. After finishing his first three fights, his latest two victories have come via unanimous decision. Pimbeltt had already set his eye on facing Bobby Green at UFC 300, before Green’s devastating KO loss to Jalin Turner at UFC Austin.

At UFC 282, Pimblett suffered a knee injury and had triple surgery to recover. In the fight with Ferguson, Pimblett hurt Ferguson on the feet and also showed superior grappling over the former interim champion. However, it must be noted that Ferguson hurt Pimblett’s nose which limited his cardio in the final round.

Pimbeltt, who has three Performance of the Night bonuses with the promotion, did not get a bonus at UFC 296 but proved improvements in all-round skills. The victory certainly puts him in a position to fight a ranked contender in his next fight.

Fans plead Tony Ferguson to retire after seventh straight loss

Tony Ferguson’s loss at UFC 296 made many hardcore fans of ‘El Cucuy’ call for retirement. Even Dana White, at the post-fight press conference, publicly called for Ferguson to retire from the sport. The UFC community is also overwhelmingly in favor of his retirement after UFC 296.

“Tony gotta retire, man”, one fan tweeted citing the need for Ferguson to retire.

“Tony Ferguson needs to retire asap”, tweeted another fan who also wanted to see the legend of the lightweight division retire. Nevertheless, the decision lies entirely up to Ferguson and his team.

“Tony is a legend but it’s time to retire. Goggins training couldn’t even save him😭”, a fan tweeted acknowledging the legendary status of Ferguson and even alluded the fact that even David Goggins’ training did not save Ferguson from a disappointing loss.

Ferguson was once the boogeyman of the division but that has changed since his loss to Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight championship. Since then, he lost to Charles Oliveira, Beneil Dariush, Michael Chandler, Nate Diaz, Bobby Green, and now Paddy Pimblett.

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