A couple of the best lightweights in the world are about to scrap under a month off, and here 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 between Tony Ferguson and Donald Cerrone has been added to UFC 238, which takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. ESPN first reported the matchup, which arrived together on short notice after Ferguson was recently cleared to fight again from the UFC, who desired to beef up its forthcoming PPV crd in Chicago.
Ferguson (24-3) is 14-1 overall from the UFC and is currently riding an impressive 11-fight win streak, which is one of the longest winning streaks of any active UFC fighter. Ferguson is coming from a massive TKO win over Anthony Pettis in among 2018’s top fights back in UFC 229, but hasn’t fought yet in 2019 because of accidents and individual issues. He had been recently cleared by doctors and by the UFC to return to the cage, and the sport is much better off with him as he’s an incredible fighter who always puts on amazing fights for its lovers. Ferguson was waiting a long time for a title shot 155lbs but has not got you to this stage. However, when he could go out there and beat Cerrone in remarkable style, it would be impossible for the UFC matchmakers to pass giving him a title shot. With UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov likely fighting interim champ Dustin Poirier at September in UFC 242 to unify the belts, Ferguson would have a fantastic 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 now, Cerrone is arguably battling at the maximum clip of his career to date as he is coming off of three straight upset wins over Mike Perry, Alex Hernandez and Al Iaquinta, the latter two coming from the lightweight division. Although the struggle with Iaquinta happened just last wee, Cerrone took small harm in that struggle and when the opportunity to battle Ferguson on brief note came up he had to accept it. Most of us know Cerrone is always willing to fight anyone, everywhere, so perhaps it’s not surprising to see him struggle Ferguson in just a couple of weeks, even though it’s likely to be a tough struggle as Ferguson is a stud.
This is a tremendous fight, and one which should very popular amongst sports bettors. Although Cerrone has looked great since moving down to lightweight, he was the gambling underdog in his past and I really don’t find any reason why he would not be a puppy back to Ferguson, who is on such a long win streak. The oddsmakers concur with me, as they recently opened the chances for the struggle, with Ferguson opening as a -245 favorite with the comeback on Cerrone at +175. I personally believe the line should be somewhat tighter, but Ferguson deserves to be the betting favourite no matter.
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