UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson reacted following his loss to Bobby Green at UFC 291, saying that “I believe he knew what he was doing when he poked my eye.”
Ferguson lost his sixth straight fight in the Octagon when he was submitted with an arm-triangle choke with just six seconds left in the third round. Overall, Green controlled most of the fight and inflicted far more damage. However, Ferguson did have some success in the first round when he caught Green with a big punch and dropped him. The problem is, Green accidentally poked Ferguson in the eye not too long after that, and it ended up really hurting Ferguson’s ability to see for the rest of the fight.
While the referee deemed it accidental, though, Ferguson thinks it was an intentional eye poke. Taking to his social media, “El Cucuy” issued a statement where he accused Green of deliberately poking his eye.
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.
What do you think is next for Tony Ferguson following his lastest loss to Bobby Green at UFC 291?
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