Tony Ferguson’s win over Kevin Lee at UFC 216 on Saturday night to capture the interim lightweight title has put him right in the firing line for a crack at Conor McGregor and the coveted payday which comes with such a match-up.
‘El Cucuy’ extended his astonishing run in the 155 lbs division to ten consecutive wins. That is a stat which cannot be further ignored. Ferguson has well and truly established himself as a deserving candidate to face off against the 29-year-old who will be returning from his foray into the world of professional boxing.
As Dana White himself put it, McGregor vs. Ferguson is the fight that now “has to happen”.
Whatever about a trilogy showdown with Nate Diaz, that can happen down the line. The lightweight belt must be defended and unified.
So, what chance does Ferguson have of dethroning ‘The Notorious’ should the bout be confirmed?
Given his recent showings, it would be a fair assessment to suggest that Tony’s best chance of overcoming Conor would be to bring the fight to the ground. On a head-to-head basis, it would appear that Ferguson’s edge over McGregor would be on the mat, where as if the fight were to remain a stand-up trading of blows, the Irishman should be favoured.
This is a point of view taken by UFC light-heavyweight champion and commentator Daniel Cormier. Speaking after Saturday night’s event, DC put his analyst cap on and assessed Tony’s chances against the Irishman should the unification bout come to fruition.
“I believe that he (Ferguson) makes some mistakes that would really cost him against Conor.
“Oh my goodness, do you see how high he’s hanging his chin up whenever he’s throwing punches?
“You do that against McGregor, you’re getting sniped!” Cormier said.
Have a listen to his full analysis of the potential match-up in the clip below: