Ferguson accepts Price's surrender

Thailand-based New Zealand fighter Jack "the Ripper" Ferguson returned to New Zealand to fight last weekend but was left without a worthy adversary as his opponent Logan "Pitbull" Price was sidelined with a rib injury.

Jack Ferguson left to Thailand for the third time in his life in 2018 after gaining a sponsorship with Team Quest, a stable of killers in Chiang Mai known for taking raw talent and bringing it to its potential. In his time at Team Quest, Ferguson has taken on the role of full-time professional fighter amongst like-minded athletes, training every day to hone his craft.

Prior to his departure abroad, Ferguson had competed in kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts, amassing wins in both sports. After starting his martial arts journey with Tae Kwondo and boxing, he then trained for 5 years in Christchurch under the famed Karl "Coach Hostile" Webber - who was instrumental in the growth of many Kiwi champions including UFC fighter Dan Hooker - amassing a solid record of 5-0 in Muay Thai and 2-1 in MMA.

Last August, during his time at Team Quest, Ferguson gained his blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. When asked about the difference it has made to his game, Ferguson stated: "I feel training here with some of the best grapplers in the world has made me become a more well-rounded fighter, whereas before I was mainly relying on my striking".

This certainly seems to be true, as in Ferguson's last fight in April against Rual Luba at UGB Fight Series in the Philippines, he wasted no time in locking up a D'Arce choke from top position, gaining the submission victory after just 2 minutes of the first round.

When asked about his biggest inspirations, Ferguson finds it hard to pick one fighter who he is similar to. He stated: "I really like TJ Dillishaw's striking and I like Brian Ortega's submission game. Hopefully I'll end up a better version of both of them".

Ferguson was to challenge Logan Price in a professional MMA fight last Saturday 25th May at the 6th Shuriken Fight Series, a stacked event which culminated in two NZ title fights. Price is a veteran, fighting out of Shuriken MMA in the North Shore, Auckland and holding both the Amateur XFC Bantamweight and the Amateur Shuriken Bantamweight titles. Unfortunately he was pulled from the card a week out from the fight, citing a rib injury.

When asked about his opponent, Ferguson was confident in his own skills: "I feel like Logan prides himself predominantly as a striker, which is very intriguing to me, because I want to beat him at what he is best at. If he wants to stand and bang then we can meet in the middle of the cage and see who takes the first step back; if he wants to grapple then we will see who gets put on their back first".

It seems likely the two prominent Bantamweights are destined to meet at some point, but for now Ferguson feels he holds the high ground, stating: "It's okay, just means I have more time to spend training... so I accept his surrender I guess".

Ferguson is slated to fight for the vacant UGB World Flyweight title (125lb / 56.7kg) in the Philippines in August. Whether Ferguson meets Price in the cage or moves on to other opposition, keep your eye on this young New Zealand fighter rising through the ranks of international competition. You can follow him on Instagram at jferguson_teamquest and on Snapchat at thejackhamer.

Written by Harry Greenfield

Harry Greenfield is New Zealand Fighter’s Executive Editor. Residing in Christchurch, he has a passion for combat sports, especially MMA, and is our man on the scene down south.

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