TONY FERGUSON has revealed he suffered memory loss following his brutal knockout defeat to Michael Chandler.
Fan favourite Ferguson was flatlined by a vicious front kick in the second round of their lightweight showdown at UFC 274 last weekend.
El Cucuy took a worrying amount of time to come around and was immediately transported to the hospital for additional medical checks.
Ferguson was cleared and released after his CT scan came back negative, although the knockout did frazzle his brain.
He wrote on Instagram: “I took a big kick to the dome this past Saturday inside that Octagon. It put me out for a long time.
"It was a scary feeling not remembering anything from the beginning of the second round all the way until I walked up to the ambulance.
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"I thank God every day I made the trip back to reality. All jokes aside, I didn’t mean to scare you all, should have done things differently like keep my 'hands up and chin down.'"
Although he lamented keeping his chin in the air, Ferguson, 37, has no excuses for his latest setback.
He said: "My fault I lost, props to Chandler for the highlight real finish. I have many things to work on, not just competing. One battle at a time.
"I’m not perfect by any means, but I’ll continue to strive for it in and out of the practice room (Perfection: an unobtainable goal) Someone wise once told me, 'Perfect practice makes perfect.'
"There’s always more to learn & being coachable is big. I’m beyond grateful.
"My movements are okay, my bones are intact & except for a slight headache in the mornings I’m glad to be back & doing what I love ( light duty).
"I want to be better than yesterday for sure,.. not for anyone else but for me. Making good adjustments daily, and will continue to do so.
"Home team, thanks for being great, you’re the best crew a type of guy like me could ask for. respect Gonna watch my fight now for the first time. Cleared and ready to learn again.”
Defeat to Chandler was Ferguson's fourth on the bounce, but UFC president Dana White isn't ready to write off the former interim champion just yet.
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In the post-fight press conference, White said of Ferguson: "He looked damn good in that first round.
"But that was a vicious knockout. I think what needs to happen now is Tony needs to take some time off after that knockout."
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