The decline of Tony Ferguson has been difficult to witness. During UFC 291 in Salt Lake City, he faced Bobby “King” Green on the main card, but unfortunately, he was on the receiving end of a loss. Despite putting up a good fight with a takedown and some moments of success, an eye poke seemed to hinder his vision, and he ultimately lost in the third round via an arm-triangle choke. This marked his sixth consecutive defeat.
Tony took to Instagram to address the outcome and his future, expressing gratitude for the support from his wife, family, and fans. He acknowledged that while setbacks are part of sports, he won’t use the eye poke as an excuse and believes he still has more to give. He plans to work closely with UFC president Dana White, Hunter, and his team to assess what’s next for him.
This loss marks Tony Ferguson’s ninth in his career, a stark contrast to his once-impressive 12-fight winning streak. Since his interim title bout with Justin Gaethje in May 2020, injuries and canceled matchups with Khabib Nurmagomedov have taken a toll on his career. Now, with the sixth consecutive loss, he faces the possibility of tying BJ Penn’s record for the longest losing streak in UFC history if he suffers another loss in the promotion.
As for his future with the UFC, it remains uncertain how many fights are left on his contract. However, the result of his next fight could determine whether he continues his career in the octagon or takes a different path.
In other news from UFC 291, Kevin Holland secured a victory against Michael Chiesa with a first-round d’arce choke, and Dustin Poirier faced a shocking knockout loss to Justin Gaethje in the main event. Additionally, Jan Blachowicz claimed robbery in his loss to Alex Pereira, and a potential boxing match involving Jorge Masvidal has garnered interest among fans.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC 291
Q: What was the result of Tony Ferguson’s fight at UFC 291?
A: Tony Ferguson faced Bobby “King” Green and suffered a loss via a third-round arm-triangle choke, marking his sixth consecutive defeat.
Q: How did Tony Ferguson describe the eye poke incident in his fight?
A: Tony Ferguson mentioned on Instagram that the eye poke significantly impaired his vision, making it difficult to see clearly out of his eye, but he did not use it as an excuse for the outcome.
Q: What was Tony Ferguson’s overall career record after UFC 291?
A: With the sixth straight loss at UFC 291, Tony Ferguson’s overall career record stood at 25 wins and 9 losses.
Q: How many consecutive wins did Tony Ferguson have in his division before his decline?
A: Tony Ferguson enjoyed a historic run with 12 straight wins in his division before his decline, which started after his May 2020 interim title fight against Justin Gaethje.
Q: What are Tony Ferguson’s future plans in the UFC?
A: Tony Ferguson plans to work closely with Dana White, Hunter, and his team to assess what’s next for him in his career after the recent loss at UFC 291. However, the specifics of his future fights remain uncertain.