Tony Ferguson may not have won too many fans during his stint on The Ultimate Fighter 13, but if he keeps on fighting the way that he did tonight at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, he may find himself with his very own bandwagon.
Ferguson took on fellow finalist Ramsey Nijem in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale and, after almost a full round of back-and-forth fighting, defeated his castmate via knockout.
Ferguson surprised Nijem — whose wrestling acumen was lauded during his time on the show — by going for and landing several takedowns, but Nijem made a fight of it, taking it to Ferguson more than once in his own area of expertise: striking. While he didn’t show the cleanest technique, Nijem landed several flurries and a few single, hard shots that kept Ferguson honest. In the end though, Ferguson’s head movement and angles won the day, as he landed a right straight-left hook combination as Nijem backed up that set the fighter stiff and crashing to the mat. The follow up shots were academic, as Nijem was out on the way down.
With the win, Ferguson makes his official UFC record 1-0 and his overall career record 11-2; he also earned himself a UFC contract by becoming the newest winner of The Ultimate Fighter.
In defeat, Nijem falls to 4-2 and sees a three-fight winning streak broken.