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Abbey Shepard
Abbey Shepard

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Tony Ferguson is old skool cool.

I am smirking writing this as it brings back some amazing childhood pop culture memories from the 80s. Thanks for that Mr Ferguson. We at thisMMAlife think you are old skool cool. 😎

old skool cool

Tony Ferguson is, without doubt, one of, if not the most rounded athletes in all of MMA. Tony is the athlete that nobody ever calls out. You never hear another athlete call out Tony after a great performance, like never. We think that in itself speaks volumes and we have no doubt that if not at UFC249, Tony will be a unified UFC title holder within the next year, it is well overdue and nothing to do with Tony's commitment to his UFC contract, which he has more than delivered on.

A quick age checkup - how old is Tony Ferguson? Well according to wiki he is 36 (born 12 February 1984), let's see what else happened that day.

It was Sunday, under the sign of Aquarius.
The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican).
Darren Aronofsky was also born on this day (he directed the critically acclaimed 'The Wrestler' starring Mickey Rourke). 🤔
David Seltzer was born this day (he directed The Omen). 🥶
Abraham Lincoln was born on this day! 🤯

So what else?

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first appeared in an American comic book published by Mirage Studios in 1984 in Dover, New Hampshire. Tony's birth year!

Ninja Turtles

The concept arose from a humorous drawing sketched out by Eastman during a casual evening of brainstorming and bad television. Using money from a tax refund, together with a loan from someone's uncle, the young artists self-published a single-issue comic intended to parody four of the most popular comics of the early 1980s: Marvel Comics’ Daredevil and New Mutants, Dave Sim’s Cerebus, and Frank Miller’s Ronin. The TMNT comic book series has been published in various incarnations by various comic book companies since 1984.

Mutant Ninja Turtles

Waaiiiiiit a minute. Didn't Tony once say this?

And his SnapJitsu Jui-Jitsu academy branding looks very 80's ninja turtle themed... we love it!


If you would like to learn more about how Tony developed SnapJitsu which also includes a deep analysis of Tony Ferguson v Khabib Nurmagomedov then click on the below from Throwin Bones, it's top-notch.


Alright so back to Tony and the 80's. Let's take a moment to appreciate his Octagon walkout energy, presence and music:

That track you are hearing is from Freestyles, The Party Has Just Begun.

Freestyle, the party has just begun

Tony's always had this walkout music, sometimes you get to know an athlete when you listen to their walkout music it often, it really gets you into feeling of anticpation for an up and coming event.

We would love to know what else Tony likes from the 80's. Favourite Movies? Back to the future maybe? Who knows!

back to the future

Top comments (3)

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Adam Gerber

Glad to see you enjoyed the Khabib & Tony articles! Appreciate the good word and helping others learn about the history behind these living legends

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Abbey Shepard

Loved it. Top quality work in a world of click baited articles x

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Abbey Shepard

They are legends, like real life marvel characters. I am reading Khabib’s book at the moment #khabibtime. Raw, very good, highly recommended 🔥