Tony Ferguson scores the interim lightweight title in October with a third-round submission victory over Kevin Lee. The success was his 10th straight win with the promotion, which gives him the longest winning streak in UFC lightweight history.
Wait hold on, how can the fight between interim champ Tony Ferguson and undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov be for the undisputed lightweight title at UFC 223, when UFC brass Dana White is up there saying Conor McGregor, who is already the undisputed champion, hasn’t been stripped of the title?”
Tony Ferguson’s coach Eddie Bravo recently spoke about the uncertainty of lightweight title situation.
“Khabib will be the toughest guy in the lightweight division for a very long time,” Bravo said about Ferguson’s biggest challenges, during an appearance at WFAN’s Outside the Cage podcast. “Conor would be an easier fight for Tony. Khabib’s going to be tough.”
Coach Eddie continue, no doubt Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s grappling background is world class, and takedown strategy and techniques are awesome, but they will be taking a completely different strategy than most of his opponents.
“Nobody is doing what he’s doing with his ground and pound, with his takedowns, with his ground control, and his smashing. He’s the best, probably of all time, really. It’s a tall order, but most people are running from Khabib when they’re on the ground,” Bravo said. “They’re spending most of their time trying to get back up, trying to drag themselves up on the fence, and he just rides them and drags them down.
“That’s a good strategy in certain situations. But we’re going to turn around and attack him,” he said. “We’re going to thank him for taking Tony down, and we’re going to throw some fire at him. It’s going to be different. No one has done that.
“I’m sure his defense is going to be tight. I’m sure he’s going to be studying rubber guard and all that, but we’re going to come there with fire,” he said. “We’re going to come right at him.”
Coach added, Tony Ferguson will be totally a dangerous striker in this brawl, as his most of finishes in the UFC came via submission.
The undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov, who most recently scores a dominant decision win over Edson Barboza last month at UFC 219.
While Conor McGregor is in the midst of renegotiating his UFC contract and a timetable for his UFC return is still a puzzle.
UFC 223 is set to take place April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
In your opinion who will manage to come out victorious?