Opinion: Ferguson vs. Pettis – What Will Go Down?

The stacked card what is UFC 229 not only features arguably the biggest main event in UFC history as Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor finally throw leather, but another pair of stud title challengers at 155lbs will meet in the co-headliner. Grappling ace Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson returns from his April knee injury against exciting striking specialist Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis.

Looking to add another notch to his incredible ten-fight win streak, longtime division mainstay, Ferguson secured an interim crown against the dangerous Kevin Lee in his most recent UFC outing. After slapping a triangle on Lee, Ferguson earned a unification clash for the vacant championship against Khabib at UFC 223. Unfortunately, this was not to come to fruition as Ferguson tore his LCL after tripping over a monitor cable whilst carrying out media obligations ahead of his Barclays Centre appearance.

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On the other hand, after enduring the toughest stint of his professional mixed-martial-arts career in recent years, one-time WEC and UFC Lightweight kingpin Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis recently returned to winning ways with an eye-catching triangle armbar victory over Michael Chiesa.

The Roufusport product has an immense, often overlooked Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu base, but in fights alongside Joe Lauzon, Danny Castillo and veteran ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, the Milwaukee native used his sublime Taekwondo ability to dispatch the trio. Both Pettis brothers feature at UFC 229, with younger sibling, Sergio Pettis meeting Brazil’s Jussier Formiga in an important flyweight three-rounder.

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Despite Ferguson’s tendency to fight “long” and stick with a lengthy jab used in the Rafael dos Anjos fight, I believe “Showtime” may hold the trump card in any striking exchanges, particularly in the pocket. Pettis is arguably the more creative and dynamic between the pair with a wide array of kicking techniques in his arsenal.

One thing Ferguson will bring on Saturday night is his constant offensive pressure and long combinations. While both possess a resounding offensive grappling background, 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu protege Ferguson holds a wicked guard.

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Another posing question in this one is the current condition of Ferguson’s knee. Returning for the first time since April, I’d imagine Pettis to target calf kicks, particularly on the inside to buckle Ferguson’s recently healed knee, united with the incorporation of oblique kicks which will hyperextend and eventually halt forward pressure from the Oxnard native.

I think Pettis manages to get the job done against Tony and continue his resurgence to a potential second title tilt.

Anthony Pettis via split decision.

News: Tony Ferguson is back in action at UFC 229

In the calm before the storm, ‘El Cucuy’ prepares for ‘Showtime’ on the blockbuster card taking place in Las Vegas.

Steven Marrocco has revealed yet another addition to the UFC 229 fight card. Tony Ferguson returns with a clean bill of health against a rebounding Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, who is coming off a Round 2 submission win over Michael Chiesa. Hoping to climb back up the rankings, he faces his toughest opponent yet.

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Breaking News: Max Holloway OUT of UFC 223 – Anthony Pettis targeted as replacement

You would be forgiven for thinking that UFC 223 is cursed.

This morning, during the official weigh ins, the executive director of the New York State Athletic Commission confirmed that Max Holloway had been deemed medically unfit to attend the scales.

There are numerous reports that the UFC have approached Anthony Pettis to step in as a replacement for Holloway. Pettis was originally set to meet Michael Chiesa in a fight which was cancelled following the antics of Conor McGregor in Brooklyn last night.

Prior to the official announcement being made the to media, the news was first reported by Brett Okamoto of ESPN.

Earlier in the morning, Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully weighed in at 154.5 lbs but is now once again without an opponent for his planned lightweight title fight.

More to come.

UFC 223 Down To Bare Bones After Losing Three Fights

After the day’s crazy events its been confirmed that no less than three of the fights from UFC 223 has been cancelled. It’s a sad day for the UFC and the fans of these fighters who had paid money to go and see them, only to have the opportunity snatched from them due to the events that took place in New York today. These are the fights that will not take place, and no replacements will be found due to the lack of time before the event this Saturday night.

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The fight between Artem Lobov and Alex Caceres has been cancelled due to Lobov’s involvement in the attack at The Barclays Centre. Lobov was seen with the “Mcgregor Gang” which ran chaos inside the arena and attacked the bus which had many fighters on board.

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Michael Chiesa vs Anthony Pettis is the second fight off the card. Chiesa was cut after the window was put through on the bus he was on. After being taken to the hospital, Chiesa declared he was still eager to fight this Saturday but the New York State Athletic Commision declared him unfit to fight. Chiesa took to social media to declare his interest to still fight “Showtime”, and I’m sure the UFC will oblige under the circumstances.

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Ray Borg vs Brandon Moreno is the final fight to be cancelled. Borg was also on board the bus that was attacked and also sustained a head injury. Despite not being cut, Borg was seemingly ok, but later was unable to close his eyes – it’s believed he has shards of glass in them. Borg was soon after pulled from the card leaving Moreno without an opponent. Neither fighter has spoken out on social media as of yet but I expect we will hear from them soon.

Everyone here at MMAMotion wishes all the fighters well and we hope that the fights that were meant to take place are rescheduled.

For more information on what happened, go to this article for video footage and tweets regarding the incident at The Barclays Centre

 

Ryan Cambridge