Tony Ferguson will be paying close attention to UFC 242. There, in the main event, lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, will look to defend his title against the interim champion, Dustin Poirier.
It will no doubt be an interesting fight given the stakes, but also because of how good Poirier has looked as of late. The interim champ is on a four-fight winning streak and a six-fight unbeaten streak (No Contest with Eddie Alvarez in 2017).
During this run, he has beaten all former or current champions in major promotions, with wins over Alvarez, Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, and Max Holloway. Yet, Ferguson believes his skills won’t be enough to beat Nurmagomedov:
“I see Khabib winning,” Ferguson told Helen Yee of Eyes on the Game. “I mean, Poirier’s got some very strong boxing. His forward pressure, I think Khabib is going to be able to slip and throw. I just think Poirier fights off the ropes. I think I’ve said that a couple times.
“And unless he does that real fast, it’s a bad habit to have, and you get punch drunk from that, and you get dropped. And with Khabib, he gets you on the ground, it’s game over.”
Should that happen, it seems likely that the Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov fight will finally happen. It has been a fight fans have been clamoring for, for quite some time. Whether or not Ferguson is right is to be seen. But, the oddsmakers agree with “El Cucuy,” as Khabib is the betting favorite.
UFC 242 goes down live on pay-per-view (PPV) from the du Arena in Abu Dhabi on September 7.
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