A couple of the best lightweights in the world are about to scrap under a month off, and here are my ideas with this brilliant matchup between two of their most exciting fighters around 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 came together on short notice after Ferguson was recently cleared to fight again from the UFC, who wanted to beef up its forthcoming PPV crd at Chicago.
Ferguson (24-3) is 14-1 overall from the UFC and is now riding an impressive 11-fight win streak, which is among 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 in UFC 229, but hasn’t fought 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 better off with him as he’s an incredible fighter who always puts on amazing fights for the lovers. Ferguson has been waiting a long time to get a title shot at 155lbs but hasn’t got you to this point. However, if he can go out there and conquer Cerrone in remarkable style, it would be impossible 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 at 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 battling at the highest clip of his career so far 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. Although the fight with Iaquinta happened just last ditch, Cerrone took little damage in that fight and when 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 anybody, anytime, so maybe it’s not surprising to see him struggle Ferguson within only a few weeks, even though it’s likely to be a tough struggle as Ferguson is a stud.
This is a tremendous fight, and one that should very popular amongst sports bettors. Although Cerrone has looked great since moving down to lightweight, he was the betting underdog in his last and I really don’t find any reason why he wouldn’t be a dog back to Ferguson, who is on such a long win streak. The oddsmakers agree with me, as they recently opened the odds for the struggle, with Ferguson launching as a -245 favorite with the comeback on Cerrone at +175. Personally, I think the line should be somewhat tighter, but Ferguson deserves to be the betting favorite no matter.
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