Tony Ferguson knew he had to demolish a top-10 lightweight to prove he belonged amongst the elite fighters at 155 pounds and after battering former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson for three rounds, consider it mission accomplished.
Ferguson has been making a steady climb up the lightweight ranks over the course of his last five fights, but he still hadn’t tackled the top 10 rankings, so facing Thomson was the chance to make his case.
A slow start in the first round kept things interesting as Thomson was able to take Ferguson to the ground a couple of times, but once the momentum started to shift, things took a dramatic turn.
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Ferguson came out in round two and immediately got in Thomson’s face before unloading a short elbow strike that glanced directly off the top of the former Strikeforce champion’s head before he stumbled backwards and fell to the mat.
Ferguson followed him to the ground and began unleashing a hellish fury of strikes looking for the finish, but inexplicably, Thomson was able to survive. Things only got worse from there, however, as Ferguson threw another quick elbow, this time slicing Thomson open, and as the blood started to pour down his face the chances of him mounting a comeback went from slim to none.
Ferguson nearly locked up a triangle choke and a kimura on the ground as well, but Thomson’s veteran experienced came in handy as he escaped both times and eventually fought to the final bell.
The scores were as lopsided as the fight seemed with Ferguson winning 30-27, 30-26, 30-27 giving the former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ winner his sixth straight victory in the UFC. The latest win should propel Ferguson into the top 10 with a chance to potentially tackle the top five by the end of the year.