With a professional record of 14-2, an Ultimate Fighter Season 13 title and three UFC wins, he was on the fast track to big things in the Octagon when he was selected to compete on the UFC on FOX map. in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 5, 2012.
Ferguson was not on the FOX main map, but a fight in the FUEL TV spot was not a bad thing, and with a win, he was likely to switch to those coveted main maps.
But against whom would this victory collide? His original opponent, Dennis Hallman, withdrew from the fight due to an injury. Replacement enemy Thiago Tavares followed suit. Finally, it was Michael Johnson who received the call to face “El Cucuy”, and while “The Menace” had an unequal record at UFC 2-2 at the time, none of this n really mattered to Ferguson.
“When I was little I went up and looked at the tournament stands and wondered who I was going to fight next, and my father said,” Why are you going to do this? You will withdraw from the game. Instead of worrying about what others are doing, worry about what you are doing. “So that’s what I did,” said Ferguson before the fight.
That’s what Ferguson has been doing since he was a kid. Whether in football, wrestling or baseball, he was a grinder, a Californian kid with a Midwestern frame of mind developed in Muskegon, Michigan.