The descent of Tony Ferguson has been tough to watch.
UFC 291 has come and gone, delivering another eventful night in Salt Lake City with nearly a dozen finishes. Unfortunately for the one-time interim lightweight champion Ferguson, he was on the receiving end of one of them.
Ferguson’s main card clash with Bobby “King” Green followed a brilliant performance from Kevin Holland against a returning Michael Chiesa that was capped off with a first-round d’arce choke. Holland’s win was the fourth submission pulled off on the card and between the lightweight veterans, Ferguson was the one to engage in grappling early with a nice takedown. Outside of that and a brief knockdown, Ferguson’s success was minimal and a nasty eye poke appeared to hinder his vision. “El Cucuy” ultimately succumbed to a third-round arm-triangle choke in the waning seconds of the bout, resulting in his sixth consecutive loss. Ferguson, 39, took to Instagram on Sunday to address the outcome and his future.
Walked into the Delta Center to show the world I was back on track. The preparation for this fight was exceptional & it was one of the best camps I’ve had.
As the fight began, I was in the Xone, flowing & feeling confident. Bobby knew the direction of the fight & I believe he knew what he was doing when he poked my eye. He has a big History of moves like this. It significantly impaired my vision, making it difficult to see clearly out of my eye. Despite this eye poke I never considered stopping the fight. Although the doc wanted too. Throughout my career, I’ve always pushed through challenges & never given up This time was no different.
Unfortunately in sports, setbacks like this are part of the journey While I won’t use the eye poke as an excuse for the outcome, I know for a fact I have more to give.
Moving forward, I plan to work closely with Dana, Hunter & my entire team to assess what’s next.
I’d like to take a moment to say thank you to my Wife, my Family & my Fans. Your support means the world to me & it’s what drives me to keep pushing forward & striving for greatness. Thank you all for being by my side through the highs & lows of this sport that I love. Eye appointment tomorrow, some recovery & back after it. Love you all- Champ -CSO- #ufc291 Salt Lake City, Utah #AyMoe WooWooWooWoo Knyuck knyuck knyuck #ballsofsteel #FuckEm’IfTheyCantTakeAJoke
The loss was Ferguson’s ninth of his career, making him 25-9 overall. Once on a historic run in his division with 12 straight wins, Ferguson’s current stretch never could have been predicted ahead of his May 2020 interim title tilt vs. Justin Gaethje. That fight is often considered the start of Ferguson’s decline after a handful of injuries and canceled Khabib Nurmagomedov matchups led to that moment. Since then, Gaethje has only ascended, winning the BMF title in his Dustin Poirier rematch in the UFC 291 main event.
Beginning his career in 2008, it’s unknown how many fights Ferguson has left on his contract with the UFC. However, should he get another fight with the promotion and suffer a loss, he would tie BJ Penn’s record for the longest losing streak at seven.
Fallout. UFC 291: Seven biggest takeaways from a wild night in Salt Lake City
Kick. Dustin Poirier reacts to shocking knockout loss to Justin Gaethje at UFC 291: ‘I got hit with a shot I just didn’t see’
UFC 291 Post-Show.
On To the Next One.
UFC 291 Post-Fight Presser.
UFC 292 Trailer.
Finishes from Bellator’s portion Super RIZIN 2.
Super RIZIN 2 aftermath.
A PFL Fight Camp.
Gaethje’s head kick knockout anatomy.
The Khamzat tour.
Cooking with Bo.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Lol “5 weeks”. You been training since your last fight. We both fighting on short notice, you’re not doing nothing special, you dirty cunt.— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) July 30, 2023
Well done champ!— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) July 30, 2023
Proud to see @jarchmma flying the flag for Bellator MMA and becoming the first American fighter to win a @rizin_PR world title. #SuperRIZIN2 #BellatorXRizin pic.twitter.com/WEMw9Q6qgr
Jorge “hot balls “ Lewis pic.twitter.com/r3u07bBtQW— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) July 30, 2023
What a brutal game. It’s what makes it so beautiful. One blink of the eye and it’s death. Sharp for every second or enjoy regret. My run to the belt is about to be special.— Danny Sabatello (@ShockThisWorld) July 30, 2023
Never heard that one before...
I KO him one shot. Guarantee it— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 30, 2023
You love to see it.
A lot to unpack.
First things first I’m not a welterweight. Clearly you can see the difference in size……::.. pic.twitter.com/RSJXrheUxS— Darrius Flowers (@BeastmodeUFC) July 30, 2023
Never safe around these guys.
Juntaro Ushiku (22-10-1) vs. Kyohei Hagiwara (7-7); RIZIN 44, Sept. 24
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Last Week’s Results:
Friday: 83% of 464 total votes answered “Yes” when asked, “Will Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje 2 be a fight of the year contender?”
Thursday: 61% of 454 total votes answered “Alex Pereira” when asked, “Who wins this weekend?” Pereira defeated Jan Blachowicz via split decision in UFC 291’s co-main event.
Wednesday: 85% of 442 total votes answered “Justin Gaethje” when asked, “Which fight would you prefer for Max Holloway at lightweight?”
Tuesday: 47% of 421 total votes answered “Jake Paul” when asked, “Which potential Jorge Masvidal boxing match are you most interested in?”
Monday: 61% of 634 total votes answered “Dustin Poirier” when asked, “Who wins this weekend?” Gaethje defeated Poirier via second-round knockout (head kick) in UFC 291’s main event.
Today’s exit poll:
Have we seen the last of Tony Ferguson in the UFC?
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