Arena: T-Mobile Arena.
Las Vegas, the United States.
On the night of December 17th, the United States will hold a major tournament, UFC 296. In one of the main card fights, the legendary Tony Ferguson will try to break a series of defeats, facing the Englishman Paddy Pimblett, who is noisily riding the hype train. The bout will take place in the lightweight division.Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
Tony El Cucuy Ferguson
One can write books about Tony Ferguson's career, incredible charisma, and adventures outside the octagon. When he was at his peak, each of his bouts got a bonus as the best, and his speeches were quoted and are still widely used. He won the interim title in the most competitive division and, according to many experts, was the only one who could realistically beat Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, their confrontation was repeatedly thwarted and remained an unfulfilled fan dream.
Khabib went his own way and finished his career as an undefeated champion. Following his tradition, Ferguson created problems for himself and has been trying to solve them ever since. When Khabib refused to fight for the last time, Tony went to face Justin Gaethje just a month after a grueling second weigh-in, lost, and then failed five more fights in a row.
It all becomes clear if you take the emotion out of it and look at Ferguson's opponents. After Gaethje, he lost to Charles Oliveira, Beneil Dariush, Michael Chandler, Nate Diaz, and Bobby Green. There's no doubt that Paddy Pimblett wouldn't have a better chance of winning against those guys, either. Anyway, Tony is already 39 years old, he's gotten slower, and he's lost his cardio, and those facts are causing some concern among his fans. Not the level of his next opponent.
I don't want to say I have to win. I'm going to win. When you need something, it feels like it's pushing you. I'm nervous. I'm going to keep it real. But it's a good feeling. It makes you not get complacent, it makes you go back to the gym and train even harder. I feel phenomenal. Really, really good. It took me a second and six losses to realize it, get rid of the insecurity, and get back to what I needed to do - kick butts.
Dana White, in particular, and the UFC league are very fond of Pimblett and are handling him extremely carefully. This guy speaks beautifully and dances beautifully, but most importantly, he has a huge fan base in England. Paddy's fight with Tony will allow the UFC to make a lot of money, especially since he has a perfect chance of winning. Pimblett is currently riding a six-fight winning streak, four in the UFC. The league is pushing him, and the opposition has been so-so, to say the least. Luigi Vendramini (1-3 in the UFC), Rodrigo Vargas (1-3 in the UFC), Jordan Leovitt (4-3 in the UFC) - who are they and what do you know about them? Paddy fought Jared Gordon in his last bout and lost by one round, but the judges gave him the win, which shocked the audience.
It's an honor to share the cage with him to be honest. Someone who's had a 12-fight win streak in the lightweight division. All I'm thinking about now is coming out and finishing Tony Ferguson in the first round. Make a statement, let everyone know what they've been missing, and then I'll start looking at ranked opponents in the new year.
Expert Betting Tips
Age is a serious obstacle, but not disastrous - just the other day, we saw the brilliant performance of 49-year-old Vener Galiev in the ACA. Ferguson's strength lies in his character and unbending nature. He will fight to the end, and Paddy Pimblett has never faced such fury in the cage. The childish games are gone, and this fight means so much more to each of them than we realize. It's bouts like this that are won by those who are willing to die but not give up. Is Paddy ready? The question is rhetorical. Tony Ferguson trains fanatically; he knows this is his last chance, and we believe he can do it this time. Paddy Pimblett is all smoke and mirrors. There's nothing about him that would surprise El Cucuy. And many experts, unlike the bookmakers, agree with us.
Ferguson has a chance to win. Tony's no slouch. And Pimblett lost his last fight to Jared Gordon. Ferguson has a chance. Sure, he's been written off, but it doesn't take much to beat Pimblett. I know there's nothing special about him.