A couple of the best lightweights in the world are about to scrap less than a month off, and here are my ideas on this brilliant matchup between two of their most exciting fighters on the UFC roster.
UFC 238 vs. Donald Cerrone, tony Ferguson A lightweight matchup involving 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 by the UFC, who desired to beef up its own upcoming PPV crd at 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 almost any active UFC fighter. Ferguson is coming from a huge TKO win over Anthony Pettis in among 2018’s top fights back at UFC 229, but has not fought yet in 2019 because of injuries and personal issues. He was recently cleared by physicians and from the UFC to come back to the cage, and the game is much better off with him as he is an incredible fighter that always puts on amazing fights for the lovers. Ferguson has been waiting a very long time for a title shot at 155lbs but has not got you to this stage. However, when he can go out there and beat Cerrone in remarkable fashion, it would not be possible for the UFC matchmakers to pass giving him a title shot. With UFC lightweight winner Khabib Nurmagomedov probably fighting interim champ Dustin Poirier in September in UFC 242 to combine the straps, Ferguson would have a fantastic debate to resist the winner of that bout.
Cerrone (36-11, 1 NC) is 23-8, 1 NC from the Octagon and is the winningest fighter in UFC history. Though he’s 36 now, Cerrone is arguably battling at the highest clip of his career so far as he’s coming off of three straight upset wins over Mike Perry, Alex Hernandez and Al Iaquinta, the latter two coming from the lightweight division. Though the struggle with Iaquinta happened just last ditch, Cerrone took little damage in that struggle and as soon as the chance to battle Ferguson on short note came up he had to accept it. We all know Cerrone is always eager to fight anybody, anytime, so perhaps it’s not surprising to see him fight Ferguson in only a couple of weeks, though it’s going to be a tough fight as Ferguson is a stud.
This is a huge fight, and one that should very popular among sports bettors. Although Cerrone has looked great since moving to lightweight, he was still the gambling underdog in his last and I really don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be a puppy again to Ferguson, who is on such a long win streak. The oddsmakers concur with me, as they recently opened the odds for the struggle, with Ferguson opening as a -245 favorite with the comeback on Cerrone in +175. Personally, I believe the line needs to be a bit tighter, but Ferguson deserves to be the betting favorite regardless.
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