Tony Ferguson Not Retiring; Claims Bobby Green Deliberately Eye-poked Him

Tony Ferguson has issued a statement regarding his submission loss to Bobby Green at UFC 291 on Saturday night in which he infers that his opponent may have deliberately poked him in the eye during the fight, and also appears intent on continuing to fight on despite his current six-fight losing streak.

“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 🥇,” Ferguson wrote on Instagram.

“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 🥋

“I’d like to take a moment to say thank🙏you to my❤Wife, my👨‍👩‍👦‍👦Family & my Fans 🫡 Your support means the world to me & it’s what drives me to keep pushing forward & striving for greatness 📈 Thank you all for being by my🤝side through the highs & lows of this sport that I love. Eye appointment tomorrow, some recovery & back after it 🔜 Love you all- Champ 🦹‍♂️ -CSO- 🇺🇸🏆🇲🇽 #ufc291 Salt Lake City, Utah 🏔 #AyMoe WooWooWooWoo Knyuck knyuck knyuck 🖖 #ballsofsteel #FuckEm’IfTheyCantTakeAJoke 🥇.”

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