Cormier: Tony Ferguson is ‘carried out,’ he’s a ‘shell of himself’ alternatively doesn’t have self-awareness
Two of the sport’s respected “OGs” headlined UFC 279 on Saturday. On account of last-minute changes, company well-known individual Nate Diaz and former period in-between champion Tony Ferguson ended up paired against each and every other in what was out to be a fairly entertaining four-rounder.
The 37-year-old Diaz ended up at the side of his hand raised by the use of submission in what he confirmed to be his final Octagon glance. Sitting cage-side to witness it all at the time used to be as soon as UFC Hall-of-Famer Daniel Cormier, who used to be as soon as part of the three-man broadcast workforce.
Now relieved from his commentary duties, “DC” used to be as soon as ready to offer an additional candid evaluation of what he spotted, which he did in recent years throughout his ESPN YouTube show with Ryan Clark.
“…Nate Diaz however has fairly bit left throughout the tank if he must struggle. Nonetheless, it moreover tells me that Tony Ferguson is done. As a person that I’ve spotted throughout the Octagon, Tony’s carried out, bro.
“He is a shell of himself, and he doesn’t want to retire, correct? He if truth be told mentioned he looks as if he used to be given upper, he spotted some very good problems. I’m like, ‘What did he do in there to show that he’s upper than he used to be as soon as prior?’”
“El Cucuy” is now on a five-fight losing streak, which began in 2020 at the side of his UFC 249 combat with Justin Gaethje. What Cormier took understand of used to be as soon as how Ferguson’s profession went on an sudden huge dip.
“It wasn’t a gentle decline. It used to be as soon as like he used to be given to the edge of the cliff and easily fell off. It used to be as soon as Justin Gaethje, and that used to be as soon as it. The moment he used to be as soon as carried out with that period in-between determine struggle, he wasn’t as very good.
“Now, granted he out of place to Beneil Dariush and Charles Oliveira in order that you go, ‘He’s combating the best on the planet.’ Then again now you got to appear him struggle Nate Diaz who’s not the best on the planet right now.
“He didn’t do properly against Nate. He landed a large number of inside-leg kicks. Then again, must you combat Nate Diaz in washed-up struggle, you keep in mind that’s the way in which you beat him. That’s why Conor — although he used to be given carried out of the Octagon throughout the rematch — used to be as soon as ready to win on account of he merely saved kicking the doorway leg of Diaz.”
Cormier has been forward about his evaluation in terms of Ferguson’s provide profession state, and he’s not seeing problems deciding on up.
“Ferguson merely… he merely doesn’t seem to have it anymore, alternatively, he does not seem to have the self-awareness to comprehend it. He merely doesn’t in reality want to walk transparent of the game, and I get it. It’s exhausting to walk away, alternatively, he merely doesn’t have it anymore, man.
“I honestly don’t know who the UFC can are compatible him up with anymore on account of if he had fought Li Jingliang, he would’ve out of place. And it’s going to be almost certainly been worse on account of Li would have hit him with large footage early. I merely don’t know who they can are compatible this guy up with anymore.”
For his phase, Ferguson says he used to be as soon as “sandbagging” his ultimate 4 fights forward of going via Diaz, and only sees “growth” in his losses.