TONY FERGUSON has been slapped with a medical suspension following his brutal loss to Michael Chandler.
The former interim lightweight champion was on the receiving end of a highlight-reel knockout in the second round of his return at UFC 274.
A picture-perfect front kick from Chandler knocked Ferguson out cold and momentarily left his face looking disfigured.
And the Arizona Boxing and MMA Commission has handed the fan favourite a 60-day suspension following the first stoppage loss of his career.
Ferguson, 38, won't be able to compete or take part in any contact training unless he receives clearance from a doctor.
El Cucuy was immediately sent to the hospital after being looked over by the UFC's on-site medical team.
But he was promptly released after CT scans determined he'd suffered no serious injuries.
Defeat to Chandler was Ferguson's fourth in a row, with the previous three coming at the hands of Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush.
But UFC president Dana White insists the Ultimate Fighter season 13 winner isn't over the hill, saying in the post-fight press conference: "He looked damn good in that first round.
"But that was a vicious knockout. but I think what needs to happen now is Tony needs to take some time off after that knockout."
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White added: "I don't know what's next for him. But it's not like, 'Oh my God, Tony got dominated and looks like he doesn't belong here.'
"Tony looked damn good right up until he got caught.
"And you know in this game that anybody can get caught with anything."
Ferguson took to Twitter on Monday to break his silence on his latest setback, writing: "Congratulations to @MikeChandlerMMA on his victory at UFC 274.
"Had lots of fun in there, you fans are F*’ wild I love this shit! Feels good to be back & hungry again.
"We were just getting started. Best Of Luck In Your Next Fight- Champ."
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