Las Vegas, NV | Tony Ferguson and Edson Barboza engaged in a classic war of attrition before Ferguson sunk in the fight ending submission halfway through the 2nd round.
The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale was held on December 11, 2015 at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Edson Barboza vs. Tony Ferguson took place on the main card which aired on Fox Sports 1.
The punches started flowing right out of the gate in this one with both men swinging with bad intentions. Ferguson looked to be a little stunned at point, but he rolled for a kneebar to save himself. Barboza blocked the attempt and started landing hard hammerfists. Unfortunately, Ferguson landed an illegal upkick from bottom that forced Big John McCartney to halt the action and deduct a point for Ferguson. Both men jumped right back into action when the fight was restarted. Each landed hard shots and just kept on coming in for moer. Barboza caught a kick from Ferguson and swept his feet out from under him, leading to a brief exchange on the mat, but he chose to stand back up shortly thereafter. Ferguson kept pushing forward aggressively, but he was paying the price for it and eating a lot of counters. Barboza looked to be fading but was actually getting in the better shots as the round reached the 1:00 mark. He landed a beautiful spinning-heel kick, but Ferguson just kept coming until the bell sounded.
Ferguson was relentless at the beginning of Round 2. He refused to stop coming forward, but he got hit with a nasty elbow that opened him up over the left eye. Barboza was bleeding now too, though, as both fighters kept throwing heavy punches and kicks. Every strike imaginable was being thrown by these men. Barboza went to take it to the mat, but Ferguson latched onto a D’arce choke attempt. He turned Barboza to his back and forced him to tap! This was a brutal, bloody war that won’t be forgotten anytime soon!
Kevin Ferguson picked up the submission victory at 2:54 of Round 2 and moved to 20-3. Barboza fell to 16-4, but put up an outstanding effort.
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