Tony Ferguson will make his return to the UFC Octagon against Bobby Green on the main card of UFC 291 this weekend inside Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The former UFC lightweight champion will take on veteran Bobby Green in what is expected to be a competitive fight between two of the most exciting fighters in the division. Needless to say, looking at Ferguson’s past performances, the needle seems to be turning in favor of Bobby Green, who will also look to jump back into the winning column this weekend.
Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson
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He faces Bobby Green at UFC 291
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The last time Tony Ferguson won a fight was back in June 2019, when he picked up a second-round stoppage win over Donald Cerrone. Since then, Ferguson has dropped five back-to-back losses, including two stoppages and one submission loss.
Tony Ferguson is not planning to retire at UFC 291
If all eyes were on possibly watching Tony Ferguson for the last time inside the UFC Octagon, that wouldn’t be the case. El Cucuy has shown no desire to retire as of yet, taking his fight against Bobby Green like any other.
Slamming fans and UFC analysts alike, Ferguson said, “When I feel like I am ready to retire, I will retire,” in a conversation with ESPN.
The former UFC interim lightweight champion was long regarded as one of the greatest lightweight fighters ever. Khabib Nurmagomedov named him one of his biggest rivals at the peak of his career, with many UFC fighters calling him a future undisputed champion. However, with back-to-back losses and age not doing much help, the clock seems to be ticking for El Cucuy.
Moreover, with these rows of losses, it’s safe to say Ferguson may have tarnished his legacy quite a bit. Ferguson’s last win against Cerrone, who has long retired from the UFC, doesn’t paint a good picture of his resume. Ferguson’s last three wins read as follows: Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, and Kevin Lee.
El Cucuy’s last win against an opponent who is currently ranked in the top 10 of the UFC’s lightweight division was against Rafael dos Anjos. He picked up a unanimous decision win over the former UFC lightweight champion back in November 2016.