Tony Ferguson suffered "scary" memory loss from brutal kick that disfigured face

UFC fan favourite Tony Ferguson has bravely admitted to being frightened over the memory loss that followed his nauseating knock-out defeat by the foot of Michael Chandler at UFC 274 on Saturday (May 7) in Arizona.

The former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion put in a fine first-round performance but was left passed out on the canvas following an unexpected front-kick from the former title challenger in the following round.

Ferguson has now taken to Instagram to react to his latest defeat, his fourth from four bouts after a 12 fight win streak, with a worrying update over his memory of the night.

He wrote: "I took a big kick to the dome this past Saturday inside that Octagon. It put me out for a long time.

"It was a scary feeling not remembering anything from the beginning of the second round all the way until I walked up to the ambulance.

"I thank God every day I made the trip back to reality. All jokes aside, I didn’t mean to scare you all, should have done things differently like keep my 'hands up and chin down.'"

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Ferguson agonisingly missed out on a title shot against Khabib Nurmagomedov for a string of reasons out of his control – and his winning run was ended by Justin Gaethje in 2020.

Decision defeats against Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush followed that bout, but Dana White has suggested his time in the promotion isn't over despite another loss.

The 38-year-old has instead been told to take some time out following UFC 274, and he has since promised to learn and grow by training hard.

He adds: "My fault I lost, props to Chandler for the highlight real finish. I have many things to work on, not just competing. One battle at a time.

"I’m not perfect by any means, but I’ll continue to strive for it in and out of the practice room (Perfection: an unobtainable goal) Someone wise once told me, 'Perfect practice makes perfect.'

"There’s always more to learn & being coachable is big. I’m beyond grateful.

"My movements are okay, my bones are intact & except for a slight headache in the mornings I’m glad to be back & doing what I love (light duty).

"I want to be better than yesterday for sure,.. not for anyone else but for me. Making good adjustments daily, and will continue to do so.

"Home team, thanks for being great, you’re the best crew a type of guy like me could ask for. respect Gonna watch my fight now for the first time. Cleared and ready to learn again.”

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