After this past week, it seems all but confirmed that Conor McGregor will be defending the UFC Lightweight Championship against the current interim Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson.
This fight has the possibility of taking place at UFC 219 on December 30 later this year at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and it's bound to be a very entertaining fight as well.
The fight build-up has already begun, as Ferguson kicked it off after he won the interim Lightweight title when he defeated Kevin Lee at UFC 216 by calling out McGregor for a fight. The Notorious has since responded this week on Twitter.
McGregor posted out a GTA-cartoon picture of himself driving a speedboat with money and his UFC title. With the picture was a one-word caption which said 'Tony', which many believe is Conor's way of accepting the challenge made by the interim champion.
Ferguson responded to McGregor's callout with a creative video on his Twitter account of different pictures of himself and McGregor.
With this fight all but confirmed, big names across UFC have already begun discussing the fight and predicting how the fight might unfold. One of these big names is Daniel Cormier.
The way which the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has analyzed this fight indicates he only believes the fight can go in one direction and that's a victory for McGregor. Although he likes Ferguson, he believes The Notorious' punches will be too powerful for him to handle.
Cormier said during a recent episode of Talk and Talker podcast, via MMA Mania: “I think he’s really good. I think his cardio and pace are fantastic. I believe he makes some mistakes that would really cost him against Conor. Oh my goodness, do you see how high he’s holding his chin up when he’s throwing punches. You do that against McGregor, you’re getting sniped. You’re getting sniped!
“When Conor hits you with a clean shot, it doesn’t affect people like most people’s big shots affect people. It sends you f*ckng skating on ice. It turns you into a baby deer, when they can’t stand up and they’re f*ckng shaking and sh*t.
“You just can’t let him hit you like that, but I think because of the way Tony fights, he kinda hangs his chin up there. That’ll make it so dangerous for him because McGregor is so accurate, so fast.”
Throughout his MMA career, Tony has never been knocked out, as he has only lost a fight by decision or submission. If Cormier believes McGregor can knock him out, he would be the first fighter to do so as well.
Despite McGregor being the current favourite to win this fight, Ferguson has an unpredictable style that should make this fight very entertaining and unmissable. All we have to do now is wait for a fight date to be confirmed.
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