The No. 1 lightweight contender Tony ‘El Cucuy’ Ferguson has criticised Khabib Nurmagomedov’s performance at the recently-concluded UFC 242 pay-per-view event in Abu Dhabi.
The reigning and undefeated lightweight champion returned to action last weekend and took on the interim champion, Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier, with the undisputed title on the line.
Showing no signs of rust, Khabib cruised to a third-round submission victory over ‘The Diamond’ of Louisiana, extending his winning streak to 28 and unifying the lightweight titles.
It was Khabib’s second successful title defence and his 12th straight win in the UFC to tie Ferguson as the fighter with longest win streak in the lightweight division.
UFC president, Dana White, has confirmed that ‘El Cucuy’ will get the next crack at the lightweight gold, making it the fifth time Ferguson would be booked against Nurmagomedov.
Ferguson, who watched the UFC 242 unification bout, has shared his thoughts about how the Russian fared last weekend, saying it was obvious who would win the unification bout.
Khabib Nurmagomedov beats Dustin Poirier by submission in Round 3 to retain the UFC lightweight championship 🏆
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 7, 2019
Breaking The Goat
In an interview with Ariel Helwani’ The MMA Show, Ferguson described Khabib’s performance as lazy and one dimensional before claiming that he knows the formula to beat the lightweight champ.
“Lazy. One-dimensional.” Ferguson told Helwani, (transcript from SportBible)
“Nothing against him, both guys did an awesome fight week. I know there was a lot of nerves and stuff.”
“Khabib showed up, he obviously won, put the pressure on Dustin and Dustin didn’t have an answer for it.”
“Props to Khabib for winning but like I said, it’s lazy. We’ve prepared for this guy many times. He’s a good fighter but I know how to break that goat.”
“Well, being my type of fighter, I throw a lot of barrage of punches, kicks, knees and elbows.”
— TheMacLife (@Maclifeofficial) September 9, 2019
A Wet Blanket
For Ferguson, the fight against Poirier exposed a lot of holes in Khabib’s game, but he expects the Russian champ to make the necessary adjustments in his next title defence.
“So when I see someone pushing against the cage and not really doing too much, being active and just kind of putting themselves as a wet blanket.”
“In jiu-jitsu, we use that saying. He’s a wet blanket, just sitting there. It’s a lot of pressure.”
“It’s interesting how Khabib fights but to me, it’s just boring, it’s lazy.”
“With him, I see a lot of holes in his game. But he’s got a high level team with him and they know what they’re dealing with so they’re going to go to the drawing board and try to fix those holes.”
“I think Dustin was in awe during fight week. Probably just a culture shock. It was probably a lot for both fighters.”
“With that being said, in the next fight you’re probably going to have one of the best Khabib’s you’ve ever seen. So they’re going to fix a lot of holes in his game.”
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) September 8, 2019
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