Tony Ferguson’s wife details ‘paranoid and delusional’ behavior that led to restraining order
(Story updated at 6:47 p.m. ET to reflect additional info from MMAFighting.com report.)
A judge has granted a temporary restraining order filed Wednesday against former UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson after his estranged wife alleged domestic violence, according to multiple reports.
Ferguson, 35, now is required to stay at least 100 yards away from his wife, Cristina, their 2-year-old son and family members, per TMZ.com. Police on Wednesday conducted a welfare check at their home and returned the ex-champ’s son to Cristina, who was also granted full custody of the child. It was noted the child was “well taken care of” and Tony Ferguson willingly relinquished custody, according to MMAFighting.com.
Cristina Ferguson is asking that her husband undergo a yearlong “batterer intervention program” and undergo psychiatric evaluation and treatment. She alleges he’s wrecked their house in Santa Ana, Calif., on several occasions. Per TMZ.com, the report contains a picture of the damage from one incident, which mirrors several episodes of alleged behavior described in police reports this past month.
“Me and my mother and we have been in constant fear as a result of (Tony Ferguson’s threatening and violent behavior,” according to a copy of the order obtained by MMAFighting.com.
According to declaration attached to the restraining order, Cristina Ferguson said her husband showed up this past Thursday to the La Mirada home where she had taken their son to live with her parents, per MMAFighting.com’s report. He allegedly wanted to take their son. When they refused, standing in front of the home to prevent him from leaving, he allegedly shoved them out of the way, ran through the house and picked up their son and jumped the fence. He allegedly fled on foot in the rain – with his son not wearing shoes or a diaper.
The incident followed another encounter earlier that day in which Ferguson was suspicious of a car outside the La Mirada residence and confronted his wife about withdrawing money from their bank accounts to take their son to Italy.
Cristina Ferguson claims her husband has been “acting violent, paranoid and delusional for the past several months” and has gotten worse since 2017. She said he’s ripped off mirrors and dismantled appliances searching for tracking devices and cameras.
On Feb. 5, Cristina Ferguson claimed her husband had stayed up all night and woke them up them to demand they leave because the lunar eclipse would cause a flood. He’d purchased a life raft and drove them 111 miles from their home to Palm Desert, Calif. In the midst of the episode, he agreed to medical treatment, but later refused.
On Feb. 12, Cristina Ferguson alleged Tony had a “psychotic break” and screamed at her, believing her to be someone else. She woke up later to Tony standing overhead and accusing her of being a witch.
“(Ferguson’s) erratic behavior is getting worse and more frightening,” she stated in the restraining order, according to the TMZ.com report. “I am afraid that during one of (his) episodes (he) will kill me, our son and/or himself.”
On Feb. 16, Tony Ferguson allegedly believed there were cameras in the refrigerator and ceiling fan. He also cut the wires to the HVAC unit because he believed a tracking device was inside, tore the vanity mirror off the wall because he believed something was behind it, and took his son’s food away, believing it poisoned. As MMA Junkie earlier reported, she told police he kept throwing “holy water” at her and refused to go to a hospital for an evaluation.
As MMA Junkie previously reported, On Feb. 19, an police unidentified female stated Tony Ferguson had “not slept for three days and was tearing apart the home” and “broke apart the fire place and believed someone placed a (computer) chip in his leg.” Cristina Ferguson’s declaration, obtained by MMAFighting.com, claims Ferguson tore up the fire place because he thought there was a hidden doorway under it.
The March 7 incident was the third time police had been called to the Ferguson residence in two months and the fifth time in the past 14 months. None of the visits resulted in arrest or any crime charged.
On March 5, Cristina Ferguson said she tried to take her husband to Keck Medical Center at USC, but he fled the car as they hit traffic, crossing the freeway and jumping over a fence, per the MMAFighting.com report. He later reappeared at home.
Tony Ferguson’s alleged behavior stretches back to his winning turn on “The Ultimate Fighter 13” in 2011, Cristina Ferguson claims. She believes his behavior took a turn for the worse when he injured his knee and was forced to withdraw from a UFC 223 title fight with current champ Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Cristina Ferguson claims her husband was prescribed Risperidone, an anti-psychotic medication, after his “TUF” win and improved after they married in 2012. But he began displaying symptoms again in 2017, when he began drinking heavily.
“There are many frightening incidents which I have yet to list in this declaration,” she wrote. “However, I have videos and photographs of (Tony Ferguson’s) frightening, irrational and paranoid behavior, which depicts (him) crying, laughing, muttering, yelling, etc., for no apparent rational reason.”
Cristina Ferguson has released a statement stating her husband “is a good husband and good father to our son,” and the restraining order is “part of a process to ensure that Tony will receive the help necessary to continue being the best possible, as well as to pursue his passion and career as a UFC champion fighter.” She has not filed for divorce.
Ferguson’s management, Paradigm Sports, has told MMA Junkie: “This is a private family matter that is in the process of being resolved.”
After news of the restraining order broke, Tony Ferguson tweeted that he remains a “company man” despite a swipe at UFC President Dana White, who recently told fans the ex-champ is “dealing with a lot of personal issues right now and can’t fight.”
According to White, Ferguson turned down a shot at an interim title fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 236, putting his status in limbo after he was named the No. 1 contender to champ Khabib Nurmagomedov. Ferguson later called to fight ex-champ Conor McGregor and Nurmagomedov, telling the latter to defend or vacate.
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