Tony Ferguson has been transported to the hospital following his defeat to Justin Gaethje. ‘El Cucuy’ locked horns with the former World Series of Fighting lightweight champion in the early hours of the morning in the main event of UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Ferguson entered his clash with ‘The Highlight’, which was for the interim lightweight title, riding a 12-fight win streak and the overwhelming favourite to earn a unification fight with undisputed champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Gaethje, however, proved to be unlucky 13 for the Ultimate Fighter alumni, who suffered a fifth-round TKO loss to the fan favourite.
Ferguson suffered serious damage to his face from Gaethje’s power punches, which left him with swelling under his right eye and a cut on the left side of his cranium.
And damage inflicted by Gaethje, who landed an ungodly amount of power shots, was enough for the UFC brass to immediately transport Ferguson to the nearby hospital.
UFC 249 RECAP: All the results and reaction as Justin Gaethje stops Tony Ferguson
Defeat to Gaethje saw Ferguson miss out on his long-awaited showdown with Nurmagomedov, who he’s been scheduled to face five times.
Despite being bitterly disappointed with the outcome of the fight, Ferguson was quick to give Gaethje his props, saying in his post-fight interview.
“It was a long camp,” he said. “The weight cut had nothing to do with it. Justin’s a tough son of a b***h, I’ll be real.
“I prepared for Khabib; not too much of a striker. But s**t happens, man. What can you do? I would’ve much rather got finished instead of having somebody step in.
UFC 249 RECAP: All the action and reaction as Justin Gaethje defeats Tony Ferguson
He added: “Let’s go back and get it on, you now what I mean? The consolation round you have to win back. Props to Justin, like I said, and his team; tough son of a b***h. Thank you for taking the fight.”
UFC 249 results
Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje – Gaethje def. Ferguson via TKO (referee stoppage) – Round 5, 3:39
Henry Cejudo vs Dominick Cruz – Cejudo def. Cruz via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:58
Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik – Ngannou def. Rozenstruik via KO (punch) – Round 1, 0:20
Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar – Kattar def. Stephens via KO (punches) – Round 2, 2:49
Greg Hardy vs Yorgan de Castro – Hardy def. de Castro via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Donald Cerrone vs Anthony Pettis – Pettis def. Cerrone via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Alexey Oleynik vs Fabricio Werdum – Oleynik def. Werdum via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Carla Esparza vs Michelle Waterson – Esparza def. Waterson via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Vicente Luque vs Niko Price – Luque def. Price via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 3, 3:37
Bryce Mitchell vs Charles Rosa – Mitchell def. Rosa via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-24)
Ryan Spann vs Sam Alvey – Spann def. Alvey via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)