Interim UFC champ Tony Ferguson receives jiu-jitsu black belt from Eddie Bravo
Tony Ferguson is on a belt-collection tour.
After claiming the interim UFC lightweight title with a third-round submission of Kevin Lee in the UFC 216 headliner earlier this month, Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) got another belt of significance this week.
Ferguson was awarded his black belt from 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu head coach Eddie Bravo, a well deserved honor considering the success of “El Cucuy” on the mat in recent years, but particularly the showdown with Lee.
Bravo announced Ferguson’s graduation on social media (via Instagram):
Following his submission win at UFC 216, Ferguson, No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, is hoping for a title-unification showdown with champion and No. 1-ranked Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), though the matchup is not officially confirmed.