Daniel Cormier: Tony Ferguson’s decline has been ‘very steep’

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Daniel Cormier is puzzled as to why Tony Ferguson’s career abruptly deteriorated.

In addition to winning nine post-fight bonuses and the interim lightweight title in 2016, Ferguson once enjoyed a 12-fight winning streak. But “El Cucuy” has suffered five straight defeats, including his first UFC career knockout and submission losses.

Nate Diaz submitted him in the main event of UFC 279 last Saturday, but Ferguson said he was “back,” which confused Cormier.

Daniel Cormier: UFC’s Tony Ferguson’s decline has been ‘very steep’

“The most discouraging thing about it is Tony Ferguson’s decline,” Cormier said on his YouTube channel. “It’s sad because for so long, he was so good in a weight division where it was hard to become the champion. So he only held a portion of the belt by becoming interim champion, but Tony Ferguson at his peak was as good as anybody in the UFC. But his decline now has been very steep, and it hasn’t been gradual. It was very fast how he kind of fell off a cliff.

“I’m kind of interested to see what Tony Ferguson is going to do next. He said he’s back when the fight was over, and I don’t know what guided him to believe that he’s back in that performance. Sure, he did some things well. But I don’t believe for a second that Tony Ferguson should have taken that performance and feel like he’s building toward something.”

“It was a good fight, but what never leaves a guy is his toughness, and Nate Diaz’s toughness was on full display inside the octagon,” Cormier said. “Tony Ferguson hurt him a lot with those inside leg kicks, and the moment the fight was over, when Nate went to leave the octagon, he was limping very bad because his leg was beat up.”

Transcription courtesy of MMAJunkie