With 10 wins in a row and the UFC’s interim lightweight title, Tony Ferguson has become one of the most feared 155-pounders in the world.
In a month at UFC 223, Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) wil take on another one of them in Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC), and the winner will become the UFC’s undisputed lightweight champ. (There’s a presumptive stripping of Conor McGregor’s title that will take place once the fight begins, UFC President Dana White has said.)
Nurmagomedov has never lost. Ferguson has just one setback in the UFC, and it came nearly six years ago to Michael Johnson in a fight in which he suffered a broken arm. Since then, he has rattled off 10 straight wins against some of the best in the lightweight division.
He choked out Abel Trujillo and Gleison Tibau. He choked out Edson Barboza and Lando Vannata. He outworked former champion Rafael dos Anjos and submitted Kevin Lee to win the interim belt.
And in the second fight during his current run, he knocked out Katsunori Kikuno in a big way. It was the lone knockout in his 10-fight winning streak to go with three decisions and an impressive six submissions. (He has seven performance bonuses in that run, to boot.)
In the video above, check out how Ferguson laid out Kikuno with a two-punch combination at UFC 173 in Las Vegas. Then don’t miss his UFC 223 main event against Nurmagomedov on April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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