A couple of the best lightweights in the world are about to scrap under a month off, and here are my thoughts 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 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 arrived together on short notice after Ferguson was recently cleared to fight again from the UFC, who wanted to beef up its upcoming PPV crd in 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 greatest winning streaks of almost any busy UFC fighter. Ferguson is coming off of a massive TKO win over Anthony Pettis in among 2018’s top fights back at UFC 229, but has not fought yet in 2019 due to accidents and personal troubles. He was recently cleared by doctors and from the UFC to come back to the cage, and the game is much better off with him because he’s an incredible fighter who always puts on amazing fights for the lovers. Ferguson was waiting a long time for a title shot at 155lbs but hasn’t got one to this stage. However, if he can go out there and conquer Cerrone in remarkable fashion, it would not be possible for the UFC matchmakers to pass on 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 good debate to fight 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 is 36 now, Cerrone is arguably fighting at the highest clip of his career to date 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. Although the fight with Iaquinta happened just last wee, Cerrone took small harm in that struggle and when the chance to fight Ferguson on brief 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 few 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 amongst sports bettors. Though Cerrone has looked great since moving down to lightweight, he was still the gambling underdog in his last and I really don’t find any reason why he would not be a dog again 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 opening as a -245 favored with all the comeback on Cerrone at +175. I personally believe the line should be somewhat tighter, but Ferguson deserves to be the betting favourite no matter.
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