DFW: TFerg looked off, could have been double cut

Tony Ferguson took a terrible beating at the fists of Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 249 on Saturday night. At the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White speculated that Ferguson making weight on the canceled April 18 date and then again on Friday could have been a factor.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Gaethje, because he fought an incredible fight,” said White as transcribed by Steven Marrocco for MMA Fighting. “But I thought Tony looked off tonight. I thought he looked slow, and I would have to imagine that cutting weight twice in a month will affect you. So I don’t know if that’s it or what.

“The guy isn’t human. He’s got a chin. Nobody takes Gaethje’s punches like that – nobody I’ve seen since I’ve been watching Gaethje fight. But this kid did.”

In a moment of dark irony, the stoppage was protested by Chuck Liddell, a fighter who appears to show the effects of being hit too much.

“Chuck Liddell is blowing me up saying that was a horrible stoppage, and that’s crazy,” said White. “I think the fight could have been stopped a little sooner.

“Tony took a lot of damage tonight. Not only did he take a lot of damage, he took damage from a guy who f***ing hits like a truck, a guy who hits very hard, and usually knocks people unconscious when he hits people. So I actually think the stoppage was great, and I think it could have been stopped sooner.”

Excuses everyone gets excuses. 

Hey BLAF, If a weight cut a month ago can still  affect you so much, then maybe you need look into curbing the extreme weight cuts.


I agree with Dana. Unless Ferguson tells us, we'll never know the reason but he did look like a diminished version of his usual self to me. It could also be age related. He is 36 years old after all.

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Fuck that

Gaithje is just a bad mf, who put on a clinic.

He fought a perfect fight.

Or, could've been the 2nd weight cut.

But, Gaithje is still a bad mf