Two of the best lightweights in the world are just 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 very short notice after Ferguson was recently cleared to struggle again by the UFC, who desired to beef up its forthcoming PPV crd in Chicago.
Ferguson (24-3) is 14-1 overall in the UFC and is now riding an impressive 11-fight win streak, which is among 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 struggles back in UFC 229, but has not 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 because he’s an amazing fighter that constantly puts on amazing fights for its fans. Ferguson was waiting a very long time for a title shot 155lbs but has not got you to this stage. However, if he can go out there and beat Cerrone in impressive fashion, it would not be possible for the UFC matchmakers to pass on giving him a title shot. With UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov probably fighting interim champ Dustin Poirier at September at UFC 242 to combine the straps, Ferguson could 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 fighting the maximum 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 in the lightweight division. Though the struggle with Iaquinta happened just last wee, Cerrone took small damage in that fight and when the opportunity to fight Ferguson on brief note came up he needed to take it. Most of us know Cerrone is always eager to fight anybody, anytime, so perhaps it’s not surprising to see him struggle Ferguson in only a couple of weeks, though it’s going to be a tough fight as Ferguson is a stud.
This is a tremendous fight, and one that should very popular amongst sports bettors. Although Cerrone has seemed great since moving to lightweight, he was still the gambling underdog in his past and I really don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be a dog back to Ferguson, who’s on such a long win streak. The oddsmakers agree with me, as they recently opened the chances for the struggle, with Ferguson launching as a -245 favorite with the comeback on Cerrone in +175. I personally believe the line needs to be a bit tighter, but Ferguson deserves to be the betting favorite regardless.
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