His opponent on April 11th, Robert Ferguson was making his MMA debut. The fight lasted 6:43 and ended when Ferguson forced Horton to tap with an ankle lock. It's of course exciting to win a debut and this one must've given Robert his nickname, "Prince of Leglocks" Ferguson.
For Horton it was obviously frustrating, he dropped to 1-2 and tried to return to the win column some seven months later but lost to Chris Brennan, tried again in seven more months, lost to Joe Stevenson, eight months later, lost to Darrell Smith, six seeks and a loss to Leonard Garcia...this continued nine more times right up until January 28 of this year when Horton dropped his fourteenth straight fight to fall to 1-15.
As for Robert "Prince of Leglocks" Ferguson -- his next time out, over two years after the Horton submission, he lost to future UFC fighter Gil Castillo. He tried again over a year later but lost to Jake Shields, a guy now considered one of the best in the welterweight division. Ferguson, despite two setbacks, tried again. This time against former UFC champion David Menne, he actually beat Castillo at UFC 33 to claim the title only ten months earlier, but lost it to Murilo Bustamante before climbing into the cage with Ferguson. "The Prince of Leglocks" lost this one too and finished with a 1-3 record against tough competition.
Say what you will of these two men. Sure Ferguson's nickname maybe came a little early and he finished with a 1-3 record. And yes Horton's mark is abysmal. But both men had the courage to climb into the arena of combat and on this date ten years ago they met each other. It was the start of a monumental losing streak for Horton. It resulted in Ferguson's only win, but they fought, and that definitely means something.
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