Former rival gives emotional advice to Tony Ferguson

Tony Ferguson’s former rival, Josh Thomson, is extremely concerned that his compatriot is going to continue his professional career after suffering six consecutive defeats.

“When I lost two fights in a row, and I’d never lost two fights in a row before, I thought, ‘What the hell is going on?” the 44-year-old American said on another edition of the Weighing In podcast. “It baffled me a lot. The guy lost six times in a row. This sport, like any sport, is based on confidence. That confidence takes you to the next fight, makes you press a little bit harder when you lose on points.”

“When you’re on a losing streak like that, you have to realize the reality. You have to realize it and accept it because you have a responsibility not only for yourself but for your loved ones. I had a lot of conversations with myself because I didn’t want to realize it either. I get a little emotional when I talk about these things because I care about the fates of all the fighters”

In July 2015, Josh Thomson lost his third consecutive fight in the UFC, losing by unanimous decision to Tony Ferguson, before moving to Bellator, where he had two wins and one loss, thus ending his professional career.

Late last month, 39-year-old Tony Ferguson suffered his sixth straight defeat, losing by arm-triangle choke in the third round to fellow countryman Bobby Green, after which he accused his opponent of deliberately poking him in the eye with his finger in the opening five minutes to turn the tide of the fight.