Tony Ferguson breaks silence on brutal UFC 274 loss after kick disfigured face

Tony Ferguson has spoken out following his loss to Michael Chandler at UFC 274.

After a year away, the lightweight returned to the octagon – but it wasn’t what he hoped for as he was knocked out by a superb kick from his opponent that disfigured his face. It marks the fighter’s fourth straight defeat.

But Ferguson has now released a statement via social media, saying on Twitter and Instagram: "Congratulations to Michael Chandler on his victory at UFC 274. Had lots of fun in there, you fans are f****** wild! I love this s***! Feels good to be back & hungry again. We were just getting started. Best of luck in your next fight champ. For the love of the game. -CSO-."

The two brawlers had exchanged bitter insults ahead of the bout and this was evident in the ring too as Chandler managed to drop Ferguson in the first round. He then performed a superb knockout, connecting his foot to Ferguson’s chin and sending him to the canvas.

El Cucuy, 38, was subsequently sent to the hospital as a precaution. And his opponent said in the post-fight interview: "We don't really train that much, it just happened. He's so long but he does keep his hands out on the side so there is a lane up the middle. We were going to go fake shot-uppercut a lot too but it turns out he was tagging me in the first round.”

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Dana White, UFC boss, lauded Chandler for his kick, calling it the most vicious he has ever seen. He said in the post-fight press conference: "That was the most vicious knockout I've ever seen."

Indeed, the loss marks Ferguson’s fourth, with defeats coming from Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush, too. Even still, the display impressed White, who said: "He looked damn good in that first round. But that was a vicious knockout. but I think what needs to happen now is Tony needs to take some time off after that knockout."

"I don't know what's next for him But it's not like, 'Oh my God, Tony got dominated and looks like he doesn't belong here. Tony looked damn good right up until he got caught. And you know in this game that anybody can get caught with anything.”

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