Two lightweights looking for a fast track to a title shot threw down this evening when surging contender Tony Ferguson met former champ Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of tonight’s (Sat., November 5, 2016) UFC Fight Night 98 from the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico.
On a strong eight-fight win streak, Ferguson came into the fight feeling disrespected after no top names like Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor called him out and many bouts with Khabib Nurmagomedov fell by the wayside. Ferguson also came in off a close call when he stopped unorthodox late replacement Lando Vannata at July’s UFC Fight Night 91 after absorbing some huge strikes from ‘Groovy.’
RDA came in off of a somewhat surprising first-round TKO loss to current champ Alvarez, signaling he had to re-prove himself in one of the UFC’s most talented divisions. Despite some good moments, however, he was unable to do that when Ferguson used a heavy pressure game to out-land “RDA” by a steady clip over the course of five grueling rounds to score his biggest-ever win, also his ninth in a row.
Check out the video highlights of Ferguson’s stellar victory below: