March 15, 2019 | 12:43pm | Updated
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The wife of UFC fighter Tony Ferguson has filed a restraining order against the former lightweight champ after a series of domestic disturbances at their California home in the past year, according to reports.
Cristina Ferguson filed the restraining order on Wednesday in Orange County Superior Court less than one week after cops responded to their Santa Ana home, where she told them her husband changed the locks on their doors after taking their 2-year-old son while she was visiting her parents, according to police reports obtained by MMA Junkie, which first reported the news.
A separate police report details a Feb. 19 welfare check conducted on Tony Ferguson, 35, after he allegedly made unknown threats, prompting his wife and son to leave the home. An unidentified woman told police that Ferguson had “not slept for three days and was tearing apart the home” and accused of him of destroying a fireplace. Ferguson also believed someone placed a computer chip in his leg, the woman told police investigators.
The unidentified male who called cops to the home for the Feb. 19 incident also told police that Ferguson told him “someone was inside his walls,” according to the police report.
Just three days earlier, Cristina called police from a park after leaving the couple’s home to say that she was concerned for his well-being. She told investigators that Ferguson “kept throwing ‘holy water’” toward her and that his condition, which was redacted in the incident report, was worsening as he continued to refuse to see a doctor.
An investigation in the case has been scheduled for March 22, with a separate domestic violence hearing set for April 5, according to court records cited by MMA Junkie.
In a statement issued late Thursday to ESPN, an attorney for Cristina Ferguson elaborated on why she filed for the temporary restraining order.
“Tony Ferguson is a good husband and good father to our son,” the statement read. “The current legal proceedings are 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. All positive well wishes are sincerely appreciated and I hope our privacy will be respected.”
Ferguson, who has won 11 consecutive fights and has an overall record of 24-3, last fought in October at UFC 229, defeating Anthony Pettis. UFC president Dana White provided some context to his absence from the octagon on Instagram Wednesday, according to SB Nation.
“Tony is dealing with a lot of personal issues right now and can’t fight,” White told a fan who asked why Ferguson didn’t accept a fight with featherweight champ Max Holloway. “Hopefully things turn around for him and he can get back in there.”