Former opponent advises Tony Ferguson to think about his future and retire from UFC: “Are you going to be able to still throw the ball with your kids?”

By Harry Kettle - March 1, 2024

One of Tony Ferguson’s former opponents, Josh Thomson, has given his thoughts on the veteran’s future.

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For the longest time now, fans have been questioning why Tony Ferguson refuses to hang up the gloves. The 40-year-old has now lost seven on the bounce, and he’s picked up a lot of damage (alongside some injuries) in that time. It goes without saying that his supporters absolutely adore him, and that he holds a special place in the history books in mixed martial arts.

At the same time, he needs to think about his health. Ferguson has been through a lot of physical trauma and at his age, you have to wonder why he’s still competing.

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In a recent episode of his podcast, Josh Thomson weighed in on what’s happening with ‘El Cucuy’.

Thomson’s Ferguson thoughts

“There’s no one there for him to fight,” Thomson said. “And the UFC’s gonna look and go ‘We’re paying you a decent amount of money,’ now obviously it’s probably not like get-rich money, but it’s still a decent amount of money, and he’s gonna have to make a decision: ‘Is the amount of damage that I’m taking in these fights…'”

“Don’t look at it about yourself, that’s the problem,” Thomson said. “He’s gotta look at it in terms of where are you gonna be at after this? Are you you going to be able to still throw the ball with your kids? Are you going to still be able to try to wrestle and teach your kids how to wrestle?”

Quotes via MMA News

Do you believe that the time has come for Tony Ferguson to retire? If he had one last fight with the promotion, who should it be against? Let us know, BJPENN Nation!

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