Tony Ferguson isn’t shy when it comes to the art of name-calling.
A recent study was done by OHBets that assessed the Twitter history of fighters and how often they insulted people online. The study revealed that Ferguson is far and away the most aggressive fighter on the social media platform — more than 28 percent of his tweets include a word deemed as insulting. In terms of specific words, Ferguson’s go-to curse is “s—t,” Which He Has Typed Out 490 Times In 2,751 Tweets.
Other notable stats include the following.
- 16 percent of Conor McGregor’s tweets are deemed insulting
- In Ferguson’s 2,751 tweets, the analysis shows they contain 992 insults
- Middleweight is the most insulting weight class, with more than 3,300 tweets coming out of that division deemed as containing insults
- The most active division on Twitter is the Lightweight division with almost 24,000 tweets from fighters in that division
- The most common insults involve the words “rat,” “bad” and “s—t”
After a single appearance in 2021, Ferguson managed to fit two fights back in a calendar year in 2022, competing against Michael Chandler in May before being matched with Nate Diaz in September. Ferguson was originally supposed to take on Li Jingliang as opposed to Diaz, but UFC 279 was infamously thrown for a loop after Khamzat Chimaev’s disastrous weight miss.
“El Cucuy” went on to drop the bout to Diaz via fourth round guillotine choke submission (watch highlights), making it his fifth consecutive loss. There’s no telling exactly what will be next for the 38-year-old Ferguson, who returned to Welterweight for his last bout, but he isn’t ready to call it a career just yet.