A couple of the best lightweights in the world are just 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 was added to UFC 238, which takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. ESPN first reported that the matchup, which arrived together on very short notice after Ferguson was recently cleared to fight again from the UFC, who wanted to beef up its own upcoming PPV crd at 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 any active UFC fighter. Ferguson is coming off of a massive TKO win over Anthony Pettis in among 2018's top struggles back in UFC 229, but has not fought in 2019 due to accidents and personal issues. He had been recently cleared by doctors and by the UFC to come back to the cage, and the game is much better off with him because he's an incredible fighter that always puts on amazing fights for the lovers. Ferguson was waiting a long time to get a title shot at 155lbs but has not got you to this stage. But when he can go out there and conquer Cerrone in impressive style, it would not be possible 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 combine the straps, Ferguson would have a fantastic argument to resist the winner of the bout.
Cerrone (36-11, 1 NC) is 23-8, 1 NC in the Octagon and is the winningest fighter in UFC history. Though he's 36 now, Cerrone is arguably battling at the highest clip of his career to date as he is 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 only last wee, Cerrone took small harm in that fight and as soon as the chance to battle Ferguson on short notice came up he had to take it. Most of us know Cerrone is always eager to fight anybody, everywhere, so maybe it is not surprising to see him struggle Ferguson in just a few weeks, even though it's going to be a tough fight as Ferguson is a stud.
This is a tremendous fight, and one that should very popular among sports bettors. Though Cerrone has seemed great since moving down to lightweight, he was still the betting underdog in his past and I really don't find any reason why he wouldn't be a dog back to Ferguson, who's on such a long win streak. The oddsmakers agree with me, as they recently opened the odds for the struggle, with Ferguson opening as a -245 favored with all the comeback on Cerrone at +175. Personally, I think the line needs to be somewhat tighter, but Ferguson deserves to be the betting favourite regardless.
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