Former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson inched closer to a shot at UFC gold after emerging victorious in the main card of the UFC 238 pay-per-view event last Saturday at the United Center.
Coming off an eight-month hiatus, the American lightweight faced a tough assignment as he tussled with UFC veteran Donald Cerrone in a fight dubbed as ‘The People’s Main Event.’
After losing the opening round to ‘Cowboy,’ Ferguson bucked a slow start and showed his lethal form in the second round to wreak havoc on his opponent by landing solid punches and kicks.
‘El Cucuy’ was unstoppable that he hit Cerrone even after the bell, which cost him a warning from the referee.
However, with a broken nose and a busted eye, the doctor ruled out that Cerrone can no longer continue to fight, giving Ferguson the technical knockout win.
The victory was Ferguson’s 12th straight win in the lightweight division since losing to Michael Johnson in 2012.
Tony Ferguson is a TKO winner over Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone after Cerrone is deemed unable to continue after his right eye completely closed up.
Ferguson has now won 12 fights in a row, the longest active streak in UFC. pic.twitter.com/mTpUhbY7Ov
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 9, 2019
After beating a top-5 lightweight, Ferguson now sets his sights on a bigger fight as he expressed his desire to throw hands against two of the division’s biggest stars in Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.
He said he is willing to step in as a replacement for Dustin Poirier if ever he pulls out of the unification bout in September.
“If Dustin Poirier don’t do it, I’m going to do it,” Ferguson told reporters in the UFC 238 post-fight press conference., per bloody Elbow.
“Tiramisu (Khabib Nurmagomedov) needs an ass whooping.”
“He needs two to the stomach from me. If it’s McNuggets (Conor McGregor) for a money fight or whatever.”
“He’s an athlete, too. I know the division misses him inside here. I’m pretty sure he misses the fight game, too.”
“I want to keep winning. What sounds better than 12? 13 — but it sounds a hell of a lot better with a title shot in that 13th victory.”
Continuing, ‘El Cucuy’ provided details about his approach on these two huge fights.
“If I were to fight Khabib, guaran-damn-tee you I would throw him from his feet to his back and beat him like in sambo, like a five-point move in wrestling. That’s my background,” Ferguson shared.
“As far as McNuggets goes, I would love to stand toe-to-toe go with that dude.”
“I respect him as an athlete. As a person, he’s kind of a douche.”
“It’s improper 13, it literally is, and I got an attitude and I have a different agency right now, which is great.”
“There’s no conflict of interest, that’s No. 1 and No. 2 is, I’m here to kick some ass. I ran out of bubble gum.’ We’re here to do business.”
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) June 9, 2019
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