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UFC Fight Night 72: Tony Ferguson Believes It Is His Time

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Former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson has hinted at retirement a few times over the years.

If Tony Ferguson has his way, that retirement will come much quicker, as the former Ultimate Fighter winner meets Thomson at UFC Fight Night 72.

Ferguson (18-3) has quietly put together a five-fight win streak since a 2012 decision loss to Michael Johnson. That includes back-to-back submission victories over Gleison Tibau and Abel Trujillo.

“He wanted to retire before this fight and I’m going to help him get there quicker,” said Ferguson, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “Fans are expecting fireworks. This fight ends with a finish. I go in with a finish attitude and come out with a finish attitude.

“I’m not one of those guys who leaves it to the hands of the judges.”

Along with his wins over Tibau and Trujillo, Ferguson has also topped Danny Castillo, Katsunori Kikuno and Mike Rio. He is 8-1 during his time inside the Octagon, including a knockout of Ramsey Nijem to win the TUF 13 crown.

Despite the run of success, Ferguson only know believes he is gaining the respect he’s earned.

“It’s taken too long,” he said. “The only fight I lost, I broke my arm in round two. I still finished the fight. Now I’ve fought my way back.

“Josh Thomson is right there. I think now is the time for people to start recognizing ‘El Cucuy.’ The year of the Boogeyman is here. I see a title shot in the future.”

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