A couple of the best lightweights in the world are just about to scrap less than a month away, 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 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 fight again by 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 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 one of 2018’s top struggles back in UFC 229, but hasn’t fought in 2019 due to accidents and individual issues. He was recently cleared by doctors and from the UFC to return to the cage, and the game is better off with him as he’s an incredible fighter that always puts amazing fights for the fans. Ferguson was waiting a very long time for a title shot 155lbs but has not got one to this stage. However, when he could 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 winner Khabib Nurmagomedov probably fighting interim champ Dustin Poirier at September at UFC 242 to combine the straps, Ferguson could have a good debate to resist the winner of that bout.
Cerrone (36-11, 1 NC) is 23-8, 1 NC in the Octagon and is the winningest fighter in UFC history. Though he is 36 today, Cerrone is arguably fighting the maximum clip of his career so far as he’s coming off of three consecutive upset wins over Mike Perry, Alex Hernandez and Al Iaquinta, the latter two coming in the lightweight division. Although the struggle with Iaquinta happened just last ditch, Cerrone took small harm in that struggle and when the opportunity to fight Ferguson on brief notice came up he needed to accept it. Most of us know Cerrone is always eager to fight anyone, anytime, so perhaps it’s not surprising to see him struggle Ferguson within only a couple of weeks, though it’s likely to be a tough struggle as Ferguson is a stud.
This is a huge fight, and one which should very popular amongst sports bettors. Though Cerrone has looked great since moving to lightweight, he was the betting underdog in his last and I really don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be a puppy again to Ferguson, who is on such a lengthy win streak. The oddsmakers concur with me, since they recently opened the odds for the struggle, with Ferguson launching as a -245 favorite with the comeback on Cerrone in +175. I personally believe the line should be a bit tighter, but Ferguson deserves to be the betting favorite regardless.
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