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 on 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 came together on very short notice after Ferguson was recently cleared to struggle again by the UFC, who wanted to beef up its upcoming PPV crd in Chicago.
Ferguson (24-3) is 14-1 overall in the UFC and is currently riding an impressive 11-fight win series, which is one of the greatest winning streaks of any busy UFC fighter. Ferguson is coming off of a massive TKO win over Anthony Pettis in one of 2018’s top struggles back in UFC 229, but has not fought yet in 2019 because of accidents and individual troubles. He had been recently cleared by physicians and from the UFC to return to the cage, and the game is much better off with him because he’s an amazing fighter who constantly puts amazing fights for its fans. Ferguson was waiting a very long time to get a title shot 155lbs but hasn’t got you to this point. But when he could go out there and beat Cerrone in impressive 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 argument to fight the winner of the 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 today, Cerrone is arguably battling the highest clip of his career to date as he’s coming from three consecutive upset wins over Mike Perry, Alex Hernandez and Al Iaquinta, the latter two coming from the lightweight division. Although the fight with Iaquinta happened just last ditch, Cerrone took small harm in that fight and as soon as the chance to fight Ferguson on short note came up he needed to accept it. We all know Cerrone is always eager to fight anyone, anytime, so maybe it is not surprising to see him fight Ferguson in only a few weeks, though it’s likely to be a tough struggle 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 would not be a dog back to Ferguson, who is on such a long win streak. The oddsmakers agree with me, as they recently opened the odds for the fight, with Ferguson launching as a -245 favorite with all the comeback on Cerrone at +175. Personally, I think the line needs to be a bit tighter, but Ferguson deserves to be the betting favorite regardless.
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