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Tony Ferguson Shows Off Beaten And Bruised Face After UFC 249

Tony Ferguson Shows Off Beaten And Bruised Face After UFC 249

Tony Ferguson has shown off the brutal injuries he sustained in his defeat to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249.

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The pair were competing for the interim Lightweight title in front of an empty VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, with the winner going on to challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov.

And in the night's main event, Ferguson suffered a devastating loss, with Gaethje continually striking him in the head, leaving him a bloody mess by the time the bout came to an end.

Taking to Instagram, Ferguson shared a photo of him in his hospital bed, revealing the extent of his injuries.

But the 36-year-old seemed to be in pretty good spirits despite the defeat, with him later seen dancing in his hospital gown ahead of being discharged.

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Ferguson suffered a devastating defeat to Gaethje. Credit: PA
Ferguson suffered a devastating defeat to Gaethje. Credit: PA

The clip was shared with the caption: "'Recovery Dayze' When You're About To Get Discharged From The Hospital #LetMeOut."

He also took time to congratulate his opponent on the victory.

Writing on Twitter, Ferguson said: "'Bushido Code' Brought Sports Back W/ Class # WayOfTheWarrior Win or Lose Always Act Like A Champion Just Wasn't My Night Congrats @Justin_Gaethje On A Good Fight -CSO-."

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Tony Ferguson seemed in good spirits in spite of his injuries. Credit: Instagram/Tony Ferguson
Tony Ferguson seemed in good spirits in spite of his injuries. Credit: Instagram/Tony Ferguson

And following the savage defeat, Khabib sent his condolences to Ferguson, telling him that he should keep his 'head up' and that he had nothing to be ashamed of.

He wrote: "Whatever happened is in the past. Heads up Tony, I hope everything is good with you and your family. When your son grow up, he'll be proud with you."

Due to the current lockdown measures in the US, spectators weren't allowed to attend the long-awaited UFC 249.

Ferguson was beaten during his main event bout at UFC 249. Credit: PA
Ferguson was beaten during his main event bout at UFC 249. Credit: PA

One of the conditions for the event going ahead was that the broadcast team would have to sit far away from the fighters and post-match interviews would have to be conducted at a safe distance.

But Rogan wasn't a fan of the rule after testing negative for the coronavirus himself and, as a result, conducted his usual post-fight interview inside the Octagon.

Rogan explained what happened in a discussion with fellow commentator Daniel Cormier.

Joe said: "At least they let me do the post-fight interviews in the Octagon, they were going to make me do it from two yards."

Daniel replied: "You threw a fit before the show. This is insane we were all tested. We were all clean."

Rogan added: "Everyone's been tested and they wanted me to interview fighters from like 50 feet away and I was like I can't, I want to see them, I want to look in their eyes."

Featured Image Credit: Instagram

Topics: Interesting, UFC, US Entertainment

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]