Two of the best lightweights in the world are about to scrap under a month away, and here are my ideas with this brilliant matchup between two of the most exciting fighters around the UFC roster.
Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone, UFC 238 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 very short notice after Ferguson was recently cleared to struggle again by the UFC, who desired to beef up its upcoming PPV crd in Chicago.
Ferguson (24-3) is 14-1 overall from the UFC and is now riding an impressive 11-fight win series, which is among the longest winning streaks of any busy UFC fighter. Ferguson is coming from a huge TKO win over Anthony Pettis in among 2018’s top fights back at UFC 229, but hasn’t fought in 2019 due to injuries and personal troubles. He was recently cleared by physicians and by the UFC to come back to the cage, and the sport is much better off with him because he’s an incredible fighter who constantly puts amazing fights for its lovers. Ferguson was waiting a very long time for a title shot 155lbs but hasn’t got one to this point. But if he could 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 champion 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 now, Cerrone is arguably fighting at 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. Though the struggle with Iaquinta happened just last wee, Cerrone took small harm in that struggle and as soon as the opportunity to fight Ferguson on short note came up he had to take it. We all know Cerrone is always eager to fight anyone, everywhere, so maybe it is not surprising to see him struggle Ferguson in only a couple of weeks, though it’s going 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 down to lightweight, he was the gambling underdog in his last and I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be a dog again 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. Personally, I believe the line should be a bit tighter, but Ferguson deserves to be the betting favourite no matter.
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