Two of the best lightweights in the world are about to scrap less than a month off, and below are my thoughts with this brilliant matchup between two of the most exciting fighters around the UFC roster.
Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone 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 that 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 upcoming PPV crd in Chicago.
Ferguson (24-3) is 14-1 overall in the UFC and is currently riding an impressive 11-fight win streak, which is one of the greatest winning streaks of almost any busy UFC fighter. Ferguson is coming from a huge TKO win over Anthony Pettis in one of 2018’s top fights back at UFC 229, but hasn’t fought yet in 2019 due to injuries and personal issues. He had been recently cleared by physicians and from the UFC to return to the cage, and the sport is better off with him as he is an incredible fighter that always puts amazing fights for its lovers. Ferguson has been waiting a long time to get a title shot at 155lbs but has not got one to this stage. However, when he can go out there and conquer Cerrone in impressive fashion, it would not be possible 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 combine the straps, Ferguson would have a fantastic debate to resist 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 maximum clip of his career to date as he is coming from three straight upset wins over Mike Perry, Alex Hernandez and Al Iaquinta, the latter two coming from the lightweight division. Though the fight with Iaquinta happened just last ditch, Cerrone took little damage in that fight and as soon as the chance to battle Ferguson on brief note came up he had to accept it. Most of us know Cerrone is always eager to fight anyone, anytime, so maybe it’s not surprising to see him struggle Ferguson in just a few weeks, 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 among sports bettors. Though Cerrone has looked great since moving to lightweight, he was still the betting underdog in his last and I really don’t see any reason why he would not be a dog 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 at +175. I personally believe the line should be a bit tighter, but Ferguson deserves to be the betting favorite no matter.
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