Has the UFC ever seen a greater fall from grace?
At UFC 291 on July 29, Bobby Green used an arm triangle to finish Tony Ferguson. In the last moments of the third and final round, Green locked in the choke, knocking the UFC veteran out. Ferguson has now lost six times in a row, and this defeat is his fourth by finish.
Positively, Green ended a three-fight losing streak against Islam Makhachev, Drew Dober, and Jared Gordon (no contest).
Former interim lightweight champion Ferguson briefly held the record for the UFC’s longest winning streak. From 2013 through 2019, Ferguson had a once-in-a-generation lightweight run, winning 12 straight fights and finishing nine of them. Ferguson experienced five unsuccessful encounters with Khabib Nurmagomedov at this period.
Ferguson’s hopes were dashed at UFC 249 when the COVID-19 outbreak forced the cancellation of the fifth Nurmagomedov match. Ferguson lost weight twice, once for the fight on March 18, 2020, and once for Justin Gaethje, his substitute opponent, on April 9.
The bout that ensued was one of the most lopsided beatings in UFC history; Ferguson was horribly outmatched throughout and was eventually knocked out in the fifth round, forfeiting his interim championship and all future title claims.