A couple of the best lightweights in the world are about to scrap under a month away, and here are my thoughts on this brilliant matchup between two of their most exciting fighters on the UFC roster.
Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone, UFC 238 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 struggle again from the UFC, who desired to beef up its own 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 huge TKO win over Anthony Pettis in among 2018’s top fights back in UFC 229, but has not fought in 2019 due to injuries and individual troubles. He had been recently cleared by physicians and from the UFC to return to the cage, and the game is better off with him as he’s an incredible fighter that constantly puts on 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 conquer Cerrone in remarkable fashion, it would be impossible 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 at UFC 242 to unify the belts, Ferguson could have a fantastic debate 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 battling at the maximum clip of his career so far as he is coming off of three consecutive upset wins over Mike Perry, Alex Hernandez and Al Iaquinta, the latter two coming from the lightweight division. Although the struggle with Iaquinta happened only last wee, Cerrone took small damage in that fight and when the opportunity to battle Ferguson on short note came up he needed to take it. We all know Cerrone is always eager to fight anybody, everywhere, so maybe it’s not surprising to see him fight Ferguson within just a couple of weeks, though it’s likely to be a tough fight 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 still the gambling underdog in his last and I don’t find any reason why he wouldn’t be a dog again to Ferguson, who’s on such a lengthy win streak. The oddsmakers concur with me, as they recently opened the chances for the struggle, with Ferguson launching as a -245 favorite with the comeback on Cerrone at +175. Personally, I believe the line should be somewhat tighter, but Ferguson deserves to be the betting favorite regardless.
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