American professional MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter Anthony Armand Tony Ferguson Padilla has been a professional competitor since 2008. Ferguson who is also known by the name ‘El Cucuy’ has won 21 out of 24 matches and has mostly fought in the UFC Lightweight and sometimes in the Welterweight.
One of the best Lightweights in the history of the UFC Tony Ferguson’s net worth is estimated to be $2 million. Keep on reading to learn more about Tony Ferguson and his career earnings.
The early life of Ferguson
Ferguson was born on 12th February 1984, in Oxnard, California, United States and holds the nationality of both Mexico and America. He was brought up in Muskegon in Mexico where he joined Muskegon Catholic Central High School.
Ferguson played football, wrestling, and baseball at Muskegon and was a three-time All-state selection in wrestling, winning the 152lbs division in 2002.
After completing his high school, he headed over to Central Michigan University before getting transferred to Grand Valley State University to pursue his degree but failed to get one. Though he did not have a degree in hand, he had a successful collegiate wrestling profession.
Ferguson won the National Wrestling Championship of NCWA (National Collegiate Wrestling Association) in 2006. Having won in NCWA, Ferguson followed his instincts and continued his career as a fighter.
How Did Ferguson Start His Career as a Fighter?
The professional career of Tony Ferguson as a fighter started in 2008. His debut match was against Steve Avalos at the event of CXF: Anarchy at the Arena. Ferguson defeated Avalos and won the fight via submission in the second round.
Followed by his debut match, Ferguson’s next fight was against the Brandon Adams. Ferguson won the fight via TKO punches in the second round. One of the notable matches in his earlier career include his win over the professional Muay Thai kicking boxing champion Joes Schilling.
He also faced a loss against the WEC Lightweight fighter Karen Darabedyan, yet looked forward to his days with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
How Did Ferguson Step Into UFC?
Tony Ferguson stepped into UFC and made his official UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale where he faced Ramsey Nijem. In that fight, he defeated Nijem and won the fight becoming the winner of the Ultimate Fighter Season 13.
Having won the match against Nijem, Ferguson decided to focus on the Lightweight Championship and Aaron Riley was his first opponent. On 24th September 2011, at UFC 135, Ferguson won the fight via TKO in the first round and his career as a professional fighter took form.
Ferguson is recognized for his quick responses and swiftness. His record at mixed martial arts (MMA) is incredible. He is maintaining an MMA record of 24 wins in 27 fights. Ferguson’s wins can be listed as:
- Total matches – 27
- Matches won – 24
- Won by Knockout – 11
- Won by Submission – 8
- Won by Decision – 5
- Matches lost – 3
- Lost by Submission – 1
- Lost by Decision – 2
Ferguson has faced most of the famous fighters of MMA and one such fight was scheduled against Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2015. However, the fight got canceled and for the fourth time, a fight between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson was scheduled for 7th April 2018.
The bout was once again called off due to Ferguson’s knee injury. His next immediate fight was fixed against Anthony Pettis which took place on 6th October 2018, at UFC 229. Ferguson defeated Pettis by corner stoppage, (TKO) Technical Knockout after two back and forth rounds.
What Is the Net Worth of Tony Ferguson?
Tony Ferguson nicknamed ‘El Cucuy’ has reached a point where his financial status is worth because of his exceptional fighting skills. Each fight in which he is renowned as a winner pockets him a large sum of money from promotions.
The bout at UFC 216 for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship against Lee resulted in Tony Ferguson’s victory and got him a huge $500,000 pay and also a sum of $250,000 as show purse. Since his debut in 2008, the purse money for Ferguson fights has been gradually increasing over the years. The Net worth of Ferguson is estimated to be about $2 million.
What Is Tony Ferguson’s Career Earnings?
In his first fight against Nijem, Ferguson just earned $56,000 as purse money. So far his highest purse money for a single fight is $530,000 which he pocketed after winning his fight on UFC 216. Check out the complete Tony Ferguson’s UFC earning (via thesportsdaily).
|No.||Event||Opponent||Date||Purse Money Bonus|
|1||TUF 13 Finale||Nijem||June 4, 2011||$56,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus, $40,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)|
|2||UFC 135||Riley||September 24, 2011||$30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 win bonus)*|
|3||TUF 14 Finale||Edwards||December 3, 2011||$30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 win bonus)|
|4||UFC on Fox: Diaz vs Miller||Johnson||May 5, 2012||$15,000*|
|5||UFC 166||Rio||October 19, 2013||$100,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 win bonus, $60,000 Submission of the Night bonus)*|
|6||UFC 173||Kikuno||May 24, 2014||$40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 win bonus)|
|7||UFC 177||Castillo||August 30, 2014||$40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 win bonus)|
|8||UFC 181||Trujillo||December 6, 2014||$48,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 win bonus)|
|9||UFC 184||Tibau||February 28, 2015||$98,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus)|
|10||UFC Fight Night: Mir vs Duffee||Thomson||July 15, 2015||$115,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $5,000 Reebok sponsorship)|
|11||TUF 22 Finale||Barboza||December 11, 2015||$200,000 ($50,000 to show, $50,000 win bonus, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus)|
|12||UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs Lineker||Vannata||July 13, 2016||$164,000 ($52,000 to show, $52,000 win bonus, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $10,000 Reebok sponsorship)*|
|13||TUF Latin America 3 Finale||dos Anjos||November 5, 2016||$168,000 ($54,000 to show, $54,000 win bonus, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $10,000 Reebok sponsorship)*|
|14||UFC 209||March 4, 2017||$100,000 (UFC paid out despite the fight being canceled – estimated purse – Ferguson said he got less than $125,000; UFC said he got six-figures)*|
|15||UFC 216||Lee||October 7, 2017||$530,000 ($250,000 to show, $250,000 win bonus, $30,000 Reebok sponsorship)|
|16||UFC 229||Pettis||October 6, 2018||$215,000 ($150,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $10,000 fight week incentive pay)|
Ferguson’s Personal life
Most of the craziest fans of Ferguson are well aware of his professional life, but what do you know about Tony Ferguson’s personal life?
Who Is the Wife of Tony Ferguson?
Coming to Tony Ferguson’s personal life, Tony married his longtime girlfriend Cristina Ferguson. They got engaged in 2011 and after a year, Ferguson tied the knot in June 2012.
Since getting married in 2012, to till date, Ferguson’s married life is believed to be a happy and prosperous one. So far there has been no rumor in media regarding their separation. The couples have a son together named Armand Anthony who was born on 28th April 2016.
During his fights, Ferguson’s wife is always by his side and she is probably the biggest fan and biggest supporter of him.
Ferguson Records and Stats
We have seen Ferguson’s net worth, career earnings, and personal life now let’s check out his records and stats.
- Tony Ferguson won 24 of his 27 MMA fights.
- Among his wins, 11 of them came via Knockout or Technical Knockout.
- 6 of his wins came by Submission
- 5 first round wins
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- PureCombat Welterweight Championship – 1
Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Interim UFC Lightweight Championship – 1 (UFC 216)
- The Ultimate Fighter 13 winner
- Fight of the Night – 4 (1 at UFC 229, 2 at the Ultimate Fighter, and 1 at UFC Fight Night)
- Knockout of the Night – 1 (at the Ultimate Fighter)
- Performance of the Night – 3 (UFC 184, UFC Fight Night, The Ultimate Fighter)
- Submission of the Night – 1 (UFC 166)
Tony Ferguson has been maintaining the longest winning streak in UFC lightweight history. He has won 11 UFC Lightweight Championship as of 25 October 2018.