Ferguson has nothing left to accomplish as a contender.
“The Ultimate Fighter 13” winner will take on
Xtreme Couture’s Kevin Lee for
Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title in the
UFC 216 main event this Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las
Vegas. The man who emerges with his hand raised figures to be in
line for a blockbuster unification bout with undisputed champion
McGregor, provided the “Notorious” Irishman does not decide to
take another detour away from mixed martial arts. Ferguson has
compiled a stellar 12-1 record since he joined the UFC roster a
little more than six years ago, establishing himself as one of the
world’s premier lightweights and one of the sport’s most exciting
competitors. “El Cucuy” last competed at UFC Fight Night 98 on Nov.
5, when he captured a five-round unanimous decision from former
champion Rafael dos
Anjos in what was arguably the most significant victory of his
As he barrels ahead toward his high-stakes showdown with Lee, here
are some of the numbers that have come to define Ferguson:
5.22: Strikes landed per minute, according to
FightMetric. That figure
makes Ferguson the fourth-most prolific striker among lightweights
on the active UFC roster. He trails only Dustin
Poirier (6.72), Evan Dunham
(5.68) and John
7: Career victories by submission. A Brazilian
jiu-jitsu brown belt under Eddie Bravo, Ferguson has posted three
wins by brabo choke, two wins by rear-naked choke, one win by
triangle choke and one win by shoulder choke.
8: Post-fight bonuses won. The UFC has awarded
Ferguson three bonuses for “Fight of the Night,” three for
“Performance of the Night,” one for “Knockout of the Night” and one
for “Submission of the Night.” His total haul: $400,000.
9: Consecutive victories ahead of his battle with
Lee. It ranks as the longest winning streak in the history of the
UFC lightweight division.
13: Submissions attempted inside the Octagon,
tying him with Clay Guida for
eight-most among current UFC lightweights behind Jim Miller
Lauzon (29), Nate Diaz
Lentz (20), Matt Wiman
(18), Tibau (16) and Evan Dunham
33: Years of age. Ferguson was born on Feb. 12,
1984 in Oxnard, California.
81: Percentage of takedowns he has successfully
defended in the UFC.
289: Total strikes by which he has outlanded his
opponents during his current winning streak.
1,981: Days since his most recent loss — a
unanimous decision to Michael
Johnson at UFC on Fox 3 in May 2012.