Tony Ferguson vs Edson Barboza Fight
After about One Minute, Tony Ferguson figured out it was painful to stand with Edson Barboza. So he did it again and again.
When Ferguson (20-3 MMA, 10-1 UFC) couldn’t surprise Barboza (16-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) with a wild roll into a leglock, he turned to chasing down the Brazilian and slugging it out before he found his signature submission.
The light-weight bout belonged to the main card of today’s TUF 22 Finale at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The event aired on FOX Sports 1.
The stoppage came at the 2:54 mark of the 2nd round when Ferguson required Barboza to submit to a D’Arce choke, which he routinely attempts in the octagon. It was Ferguson’s seventh straight UFC victory. Only existing lightweight title contender Donald Cerrone has more successive wins with 8.
Later, Ferguson asked to be the beside fight for the title. With his performance, he put forth his strongest argument to date, though he also took more cumulative damage than in any previous UFC fight. Barboza lit him up with body punches prior to going to the head with heavy hooks. Ferguson consumed them all and kept charging, but as a technique, it seemed one that would end in an obstacle.
Where Ferguson rose ahead remained in his ability to use Barboza down with constant pressure, landing enough strikes to obtain the Brazilian breathing hard by the 2nd round. Barboza strove a takedown out of fatigue, and in a scramble, exposed his neck for Ferguson’s favored choke.
That was all Ferguson needed to finish the fight. And with finishing abilities like that, he’s bound to get his dream sooner than later.
Red-hot TUF 22 Ending results include:.
Tony Ferguson def. Edson Barboza via submission (d’arce choke)– Round 2.