Justin Gaethje became the new interim UFC lightweight champion after overcoming Tony Ferguson in a five-round classic at UFC 249 over the weekend
Tony Ferguson has shown off his battered and bruised face after suffering a broken eye socket in his defeat to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 on Saturday night.
Held amid strict hygiene guidelines in a near-empty arena in Jacksonville, Florida, the main event was a thrilling bout that saw defending-champion Ferguson battered by Gaethje for almost 25 minutes before the punishment finally became too much.null
Gaethje’s fifth-round TKO victory brings Ferguson’s dominant 12-fight win-streak to an exhilarating end while also diminishing any hopes of the superfight between Ferguson and reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov taking place any time soon.
Ferguson was immediately taken to hospital for treatment and it has since emerged that the legendary UFC fighter sustained damage to his eye.
But despite the loss, Ferguson seemed in good spirits as he posted a selfie with wife Cristina to celebrate Mother’s Day in the US.
Speaking moments after his shock defeat, Ferguson wished he had been left unconscious rather than the referee stopping the fight with him on his feet.
“It’s been a long f****** camp, we’ve been preparing since November,” said the beaten fighter.
“Obviously it didn’t happen with Khabib and Justin was the only one who would sign on the dotted line.