“The Decline of Tony Ferguson: Sixth Straight Loss at UFC 291”

By | July 30, 2023

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Tony Ferguson suffered his sixth consecutive loss in his match against Bobby Green at UFC 291. The former interim UFC champ has not won a fight since June 2019, and questions about his future in the sport arise once again. Despite promising victory, Ferguson was defeated by Green in a third-round submission. Twitter reactions to the match were mixed, with some expressing concern for Ferguson and others praising Green’s performance. Many believe it may be time for Ferguson to consider retirement, as his style may not be suited for longevity in the sport. Mike Bohn reported

Bobby Green Ends Tony Ferguson’s Losing Streak at UFC 291

Tony Ferguson’s drought of victories continued on Saturday as he suffered his sixth consecutive loss against Bobby Green at UFC 291. Despite being a former interim UFC champion and a fan favorite, Ferguson (25-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) has not won a fight since June 2019. Green (30-15-1 MMA, 11-9-1 UFC) secured a third-round submission victory over Ferguson in their lightweight main card match at Delta Center in Salt Lake City.

At 39 years old, questions about Ferguson’s future in the sport arise once again as he had promised victory in this fight. The Twitter community was quick to react to Green’s win over Ferguson at UFC 291. Here are some of the top Twitter reactions:

Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA): “I have a feeling this isn’t going to look great :/”

Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow): “Hard right early from Bobby Green. Ferguson bouncing light on his feet early. #UFC291”

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Alexandra (@AlexWendlingMMA): “That eye poke could completely change the momentum of this fight. Ferg was flowwwiiin #UFC291”

Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban): “That’s extra recovery time for Bobby”

Sodiq Yusuff (@Super_Sodiq): “Okay looking good”

Danny Segura (@dannyseguratv): “People fucking LOVE Tony Ferguson. It’s nice to see the support. #UFC291”

Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135): “Tony does look better this fight, happy to see that”

Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate): “Tony Ferguson took a pretty bad eye poke, hope it doesn’t affect the rest of the fight #ufc291”

Matthew Wells (@MrMWells): “Those 1-2s from Green are extra crispy. #UFC291”

Jimi Manuwa (@POSTERBOYJM): “Ferguson finding his groove, this could be his last great performance #UFC291”

Ben Askren (@Benaskren): “Ferg had some moments but the end of that round was ugly for him. Better make some adjustments going into R2”

Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal): “I don’t agree with Din Thomas there, you can’t fight well out of position”

Caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman): “Throw some sand”

MacMally (@MacMallyMMA): “Tony Ferguson the type of guy to give his opponent the dominant position to assert his dominance. #UFC291”

Saidyokub Kakhramonov (@SaidYokubMMA): 😞😞

Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170): “Bobby starting to get a little tired, third round can be good”

Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter): “20-18 Green heading into the final round”

Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA): “1 round a piece? I think so #UFC291”

Ben Askren (@Benaskren): “R2 was all Green. Ferg needs a miracle”

Jason (@JasonAmadi): “People are focused on how much damage Ferguson has taken throughout his career when it comes to his decline. Perhaps of equal significance is the fact that he’s 39 YEARS OLD AT 155. #ufc291”

Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170): “Throw sand Tony throw sand”

Stephie Haynes (@CrooklynMMA): “Tony eats three shots before he can miss with one. #UFC291”

Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter): “Wow! Bobby Green submits Tony Ferguson with just seconds remaining.”

Ben Askren (@Benaskren): “As much fun as Prime Ferg was to watch, he really needs to hang it up and find something else he wants to do in life 😪😪😪”

Sodiq Yusuff (@Super_Sodiq): “Nvm 😔”

Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA): “Wow! Thought it was going to a decision but Green pushes on the ground to finish by head and arm choke. Impressive to do that Tony #UFC291”

Gilbert Burns (@GilbertDurinho): “Bobby Green looked great tonight 👏🏾👏🏾 #ufc291”

Simon Samano (@SJSamano): “The visuals of Bobby Green choking out Tony Ferguson were TOUGH to watch. Damn. #UFC291”

Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban): “What’s tough for Tony is that his style isn’t made for longevity. Will always be a fan. It’s time my friend. 🌅 #UFC291”

Ben Askren (@Benaskren): “Once Green found his timing, he was really relentless and tore Tony up.”

Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson): “Wait why Tony Ferguson never get his title shot when he was on a 12 fight winning streak! … cold world #UFC291”

The Twitter reactions show the mix of support for Ferguson and acknowledgment of Green’s impressive performance. Ferguson’s declining form and age have become significant factors in the discussion about his future in the sport. Green’s victory over Ferguson adds another chapter to both fighters’ careers and raises questions about what lies ahead for them.

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