JD Ferguson (born March 04, 1989) is an American amateur mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the lightweight division for numerous fighting platforms in South Texas, including Tap or Scrap.
Born in Irving, Texas on March 04, 1989 - Ferguson amateur mma career spans over 22 years to date.
At 20 years of age and with a little convincing he ending up joining Guy Mezgers Combat Sports Club.
His newfound membership was a far different experience than the backyard brawls he was used to, however 6 months into training Ferguson developed a burning desire to compete and secretively entered into competition to face an opponent 10 years his elder.
In 2010 Ferguson would enter in to competition against Eddie Gray via Texas Amateur Fighting League. With just 6 months of training under his belt and facing a more experienced opponent, Ferguson would ultimately lose his debut by unanimous decision.
Six months after suffering his first loss, a determined Ferguson would again meet defeat, this time at the hand of Joe Calhoun under Chopshop Extreme Cagefighting in Mesquite, Texas.
Again, it was back to the drawing board.
Ferguson having suffered back to back losses, stepped away from competition for 13 months before entering into his next combative competition in hopes of a better outcome. On April 4, 2012 and a chance for redemption, Ferguson would get his first TKO via referee stoppage due to strikes against Carlos Govea via Speedway Slug Fest in Texas.
With his first win under his belt, he would find himself on the losing end once again, this time at the in Forth Smith, Arkansas under Tribal Promotions MMA by Brandon Frame in June of 2012. This loss would go on to be recorded as a unanimous loss decision.
For the next 5 to 6 years, Ferguson worked on his craft and with a different approach - transitioned from lightweight to the middleweight division.
A transition that looked to payoff as Ferguson captured two 1st round victories serving under Texas Class of Corpus Christi, Texas. With a Unanimous and Submission victory over Obed Rascon and Nathaniel Porter, it seemed like the perfect recipe was cooked up to secure more and more victories.
This recipe was put to the text one year later against Tyler Stewert at Peak 7. Stewart would go on to end Ferguson's fight streak winning by Unanimous decision early 2021.
What would seem like an up and down rollercoaster of wins, losses and long streaks of inactivity, Ferguson would again take time from competition to cook his craft. This would lead him to his most recent submission win over Markus Thomas at Peak 17 via rear naked choke.
Ferguson looks to enter into a 2 streak win as looks to take on Anthony Childs for Tap or Scrap on June 10, 2022 in Port Lavaca Texas.
Q&A WITH JD FERGUSON
Q: When and how did you get in to MMA?
A: I got into mma when a coworker asked me to come with him to Guy Mezgers combat sports club.
I was 20 years old. Pryor to that me and my buddies would always put on boxing gloves and mess around in the yard giving each other beatings.
I had only been training at Guy Mezgers for maybe 6 months before I found an ad looking for cage fighters and took a fight without letting the coaches at the gym know because I knew they would tell me I wasn’t ready since I had only been training 6 months or so.
I went on the fight and ended up in the cage with a guy 10 years older than me at 20 years old. It was an all out war! And we ended up getting fight of the night.
Q: Which team are you training with in preparation for your next bout?
A: I am currently training at Matagorda Mma with Coach Gabe Nixon
Q: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
A: To me being a fighter is something I have always wanted to do. I not only do it for myself but also for my kids and fiancé because I want to show everyone that I can be successful at anything I put my mind to.
It is a hobby and something that keeps me on track!
Q: What do you love about being a fighter?
A: I had a rough childhood and I feel like MMA helped me overcome a lot of depression and gave me a goal to obtain which kept my mind occupied to not think about a lot of negative things I had going on in my life that were out of my control. MMA was once there for me when nobody else was.
Q: How long does it take you to recover from a fight?
A: Recovery from a fight is normally fast although I did break my hand in a title fight and went on to lose a 5 round decision.
Q: What would you do differently knowing what you know now coming in to this sport?
A: If I could go back and do anything differently, I would of not taken a break from fighting like i did at one point. Life sometimes gives us obstacles and sometimes they are harder to overcome than other times.
But I returned to fighting and look forward to continuing my adventure!
Q: Who’s your fav mixed martial artist in both mens mma/womens mma and why?
A: Growing up I would say my inspiration was Chuck Liddell. But my all time favorite fighter is George St. Pierre
Q: What do you like to do when not training?
A: While not training and doing MMA I enjoy being a father to my children. I am also getting married to my beautiful fiancé July 17th.
Q: Where are you from originally?
A: I am originally from Irving Texas
Q: Describe your fight style.
A: I would describe my fight style as a Brawler with a excellent chin!
Q: Have you ever been rocked during training or a fight?
A: I have never been finished in a fight. Never been knocked out. All losses have gone the distance and lost via decision.
Never been knocked out , although I have been rocked quit a few times but still kept pushing forward.