Two of the best lightweights in the world are about to scrap less than a month off, and below are my ideas with this brilliant matchup between two of their most exciting fighters around the UFC roster.
Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone, UFC 238 A lightweight matchup involving Tony Ferguson and Donald Cerrone was added to UFC 238, which takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. ESPN first reported that the matchup, which arrived together on short notice after Ferguson was recently cleared to struggle again from the UFC, who wanted to beef up its own upcoming PPV crd at Chicago.
Ferguson (24-3) is 14-1 overall from the UFC and is now riding an impressive 11-fight win series, which is one of the longest winning streaks of any active UFC fighter. Ferguson is coming off of a huge TKO win over Anthony Pettis in one of 2018’s top fights back in UFC 229, but hasn’t fought yet in 2019 due to accidents and individual issues. He had been recently cleared by doctors and from the UFC to come back to the cage, and the game is better off with him because he’s an incredible fighter who always puts amazing fights for its fans. Ferguson was waiting a long time for a title shot 155lbs but has not got one to this stage. However, if he can go out there and conquer Cerrone in remarkable style, it would not be possible for the UFC matchmakers to pass giving him a title shot. With UFC lightweight winner Khabib Nurmagomedov likely fighting interim champ Dustin Poirier in September in UFC 242 to combine the straps, Ferguson would have a good debate to fight the winner of the bout.
Cerrone (36-11, 1 NC) is 23-8, 1 NC in the Octagon and is the winningest fighter in UFC history. Though he is 36 today, Cerrone is arguably fighting the highest clip of his career so far as he is coming from three consecutive upset wins over Mike Perry, Alex Hernandez and Al Iaquinta, the latter two coming from the lightweight division. Although the struggle with Iaquinta happened only last wee, Cerrone took small damage in that struggle and when the opportunity to battle Ferguson on short note came up he needed to take it. We all know Cerrone is always willing to fight anybody, everywhere, so maybe it is not surprising to see him struggle Ferguson in only a few weeks, even though it’s going to be a tough fight as Ferguson is a stud.
This is a tremendous fight, and one which should very popular amongst sports bettors. Though Cerrone has looked great since moving to lightweight, he was the gambling underdog in his last and I don’t see any reason why he would not be a dog again to Ferguson, who’s on such a lengthy win streak. The oddsmakers concur with me, since they recently opened the chances for the struggle, with Ferguson launching as a -245 favorite with all the comeback on Cerrone in +175. I personally believe the line should be a bit tighter, but Ferguson deserves to be the betting favourite regardless.
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