Two of the best lightweights in the world are about to scrap less than a month away, 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 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 that 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 own forthcoming PPV crd in Chicago.
Ferguson (24-3) is 14-1 overall in the UFC and is now riding an impressive 11-fight win series, which is one of the longest winning streaks of almost any active UFC fighter. Ferguson is coming off of a massive TKO win over Anthony Pettis in among 2018’s top struggles back at UFC 229, but hasn’t fought yet in 2019 due to accidents and individual issues. He was recently cleared by doctors and by the UFC to come back to the cage, and the sport is much better off with him because he’s an amazing fighter that always puts on amazing fights for the lovers. Ferguson has been waiting a long time to get a title shot at 155lbs but has not got one to this point. But when he can go out there and conquer Cerrone in impressive fashion, it would be impossible 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 unify the belts, Ferguson would have a good debate to resist 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 is 36 today, Cerrone is arguably battling 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 in the lightweight division. Although the fight with Iaquinta happened just last ditch, Cerrone took small damage in that fight and when the chance to battle Ferguson on short notice came up he had to take it. Most of us know Cerrone is always willing to fight anybody, everywhere, so maybe it’s not surprising to see him struggle Ferguson within just a few weeks, even though it’s likely to be a tough fight as Ferguson is a stud.
This is a tremendous fight, and one that should very popular among sports bettors. Although Cerrone has seemed great since moving to lightweight, he was the gambling underdog in his past and I really don’t find any reason why he would not be a puppy back to Ferguson, who is 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 all the comeback on Cerrone in +175. I personally believe the line needs to be somewhat tighter, but Ferguson deserves to be the betting favourite no matter.
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