Tony Ferguson is set to take on Bobby Green at UFC 291 on Saturday, July 29, 2023. The Oxnard-born fighter is on a disastrous losing streak and fans are speculating if this is the twilight of his career. However, he has named his retirement fight.
Ferguson extended his professional MMA record to 25-3 in June 2019 after defeating Donal Cerrone at UFC 238. However, he has been on a five-match losing streak since. He has lost to Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliviera, Beneil Dariush, Michael Chandler, and Nate Diaz.
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The 39-year-old, however, said he still has a few fights left in him. In an interview with MMA Mania, he said, “I’m gonna be real with you guys. It’s always been cool, I feel at this time in my life that I’m just barely hitting my prime, which is crazy.”
“[People say] Tony’s going to retire. Nah, motherfu*ers. F*k you, I’m gonna be done when I want to be done. But I’m also gonna have to do what I have to do in order to get where I want to get. Five fights and a title, baby. I’m out.”
The fan favorite’s retirement plans include a title-winning bout. However, his first obstacle is a fight in Salt Lake City, Utah, against Bobby Green.
Tony Ferguson believes Bobby Green is afraid of fighting him
At the pre-fight press conference, Ferguson and Green were involved in an argument. Ferguson claimed that he saw fear in Green’s eyes, meanwhile, Green rued the claims.
Green said, “He [Ferguson] said he saw a fear in my eyes, [to Ferguson] you better look again!”
Following this, Ferguson was asked, “He [Green] said you should look again. I just want to clarify you do believe you saw fear in his eyes yesterday?”
Ferguson replied with just one word, “Yep.”
Green wasted no time saying, “Get the f**k out of here. You’re blind that’s your problem now you need to take them goddamn sunglasses off.”
36-year-old Green was born in San Bernardo, California. His last bout ended in a contest. An accidental clash of heads with Jared Gordon saw their bout at UFC Fight Night: Pavlovich vs. Blaydes in April 2023 end in a no contest. Before that, Green lost to Drew Dober and Islam Makhachev. His last win came against Nasrat Haqparast in February 2012. Green’s professional MMA record stands at 29-14-1.