Photo: © Jasen Vinlove / USA Today Sports

Tony Ferguson suffered serious injury in UFC 249 loss

✔ Defeated in one-sided affair at UFC 249 ✔ It could take a long time before we see "El Cucuy" again

In what shouldn’t be a big surprise to those who saw his latest fight, Tony Ferguson will be out of action due to injury.

UFC 249 went down this weekend, a star-studded return to MMA with one of the biggest cards the UFC has produced. Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje faced off for the interim title in the main event. Heading into the about Ferguson was the betting favourite, as he held the longest winning streak in the division, and had dispatched everyone placed in front of him. The fight itself played out differently to many people’s expectations, however.

Gaethje dominated the fight, landing haymakers that would have sent lesser fighters into unconsciousness. He held out until the final round, when referee Herb Dean had seen enough, stopping the fight. While Ferguson took the shots from Gaethje admirably well, he certainly didn’t leave the fight unscathed.


According to Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, Ferguson suffered a fracture to his orbital bone in the fight.

“Per Dana White, Tony Ferguson suffered an orbital fracture in his loss to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249,” Iole wrote about the lightweight’s injury.

While the official medical suspensions have not been released, Ferguson is expected to be suspended for several months. He has, however, showed a miraculously quick recovery from injury before. After sustaining a catastrophic knee injury which forced him out of UFC 223, he managed to return to action just six months later, not even going through proper rehabilitation. He has already showed a marvellously positive attitude at the hospital, and seems to be in good spirits.

While it’s easy to count Ferguson out of future title discussions, it’s important not to forget how unique of an athlete he is. He has battled his way through adversity before ´, and if anyone can make an unnaturally quick turnaround from this injury; it’s Ferguson.

Who should Tony Ferguson fight when he returns from injury?

▶️ Follow us on Youtube for the best & latest MMA content ▶️
Latest newsufc

With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for