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02 November 2019 19:09

Ultimate Fighting Championship Al Iaquinta Donald Cerrone

Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images Khabib Back in Training amid Poirier Rumours Khabib Nurmagomedov's coach, Javier Mendez, has said the UFC lightweight champion has started a fight camp amid rumours about a possible showdown with Dustin Poirier. "Fight is not official yet but I am excited to start camp with [The Eagle] Khabib Nurmagomedov should it become official for Sept. 7th at Abu Dhabi against a very tough challenge in Dustin Poirier," he said on Instagram (h/t Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting). Nurmagomedov has not been in action since his impressive win over Conor McGregor at UFC 229 in October last year. Poirier is the interim champion in the division, as he earned an impressive unanimous-decision win over Max Holloway at UFC 236.

Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images UFC flyweight Paige VanZant has confirmed the injury suffered to her right arm will require surgery. "I wanted to be on the UFC card on July 20 in Texas, but my chiropractor wanted me to get my arm checked out again before accepting a fight. The flyweight was previously in action in January at UFC Fight Night, earning an impressive submission win over Rachael Ostovich. UFC Share Ferguson vs. With UFC 238 now less than a week away, MMA fans are beginning to get increasingly excited about the event at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

In addition to title fights between Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes as well as Valentina Shevchenko and Jessica Eye, Tony Ferguson's clash with Donald Cerrone is expected to be one of the highlights of the night. In anticipation of the clash, the UFC released the following clip featuring a closer look at the preparations of both men: Ferguson is currently on an 11-fight winning streak and will be in action for the first time since he stopped Anthony Pettis in October. Donald Cerrone has given his take on his UFC 238 opponent Tony Ferguson ahead of their top contender showdown next month. In many ways, it was a fight that caught the MMA community off guard, one that – despite being an incredibly intriguing showdown on paper – came as something of a shock given that Cowboy went to war with Al Iaquinta at UFC Ottawa as recently as he did. Tony Ferguson has been seen by most as a stylistic nightmare for Cerrone, a guy who will test each of the well-known shortcomings in his game from the first bell to the last.

Speaking in a recent interview with MMAJunkie, Cerrone broke down El Cucuy – citing his showdown with his friend and training partner Lando Vannata as a reference point. "I watched him fight Lando [Vannata], my buddy. "He's tough as ****, he's very unorthodox, but not a very high-level striker, I don't think. A win over Ferguson would no doubt rank as one of the biggest victories of Cerrone's career to date – one that would certainly put him in line for a shot at the champion. "I don't even think UFC needs to say that, because this would be it.

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Cerrone has yet to capture a UFC title despite fighting for the strap once in the past – losing out to the former champion Rafael dos Anjos by way of the first-round TKO back in 2015. Beating a fighter of Ferguson's quality would not only stand as one of the biggest upsets of 2019, but also – as he said – it would also make an undisputable statement about his position as the top contender in the division. Whether it will be Nurmagomedov or Dustin Poirier who holds the 155lb belt by the time the year is through remains to be seen. As much as Donald Cerrone fans enjoy watching him beat contenders, we salivate at the thought of him besting someone "elite." Cerrone 2.0 is a far cry from the man who crumpled against Anthony Pettis, Nate Diaz, and Rafael Dos Anjos back in the day. So the announcement that Cerrone would take on Tony Ferguson at lightweight should be cause for celebration. If there's a fighter over whom a win guarantees a title shot, it's the guy that's first in line for a title shot. Watch UFC 238: Cejudo vs. But… this is Tony Ferguson, the most dangerous lightweight on the planet. When Al Iaquinta counted off the injuries suffered against Cerrone, it wasn't the broken nose or fractured orbital that got him worst; it was the leg kicks. Ferguson possesses slender legs as well, and a few solid shots onto his injury-prone knees will change the fight. One of the reasons Ferguson is so dangerous is that you can drop him, bloody him and he won't care. Lando Vannata, Kevin Lee and Anthony Pettis all inflicted massive damage only for Ferguson to finish them later. Ferguson may be riding an 11 (!!!) fight win streak, but he's only fought three times in the past three years with an injury in between. And severe to someone who already starts slow like Ferguson. Cerrone's fight rate makes my joints hurt just reading about it, but he's never out of practice. With three wins in six months and the last two at lightweight, Cerrone can step in next week and fire on all cylinders. That's all well and good but let me restate this: Tony Ferguson is the most dangerous lightweight on the planet. Ferguson stands an inch shorter than Cerrone, but possesses a gorilla's reach of 76″. Cerrone may be a better boxer than years past, but it's still his primary weakness. Both Alexander Hernandez and Al Iaquinta had their best moments when they got into the pocket and forced Cerrone to trade. But Ferguson loves landing long, thudding punches to the head and body. If Jorge Masvidal could rip Cerrone's body and come over the top, Ferguson most certainly can as well. Cerrone's "resurgence" at lightweight after a rough stretch can be attributed in large part to his intercepting knees. Because he's so tall and long for a lightweight, opponents have to explode forward to touch his chin. Instead of skipping away, Cerrone now opts to slam knees into their midsection. Eddie Alvarez nearly TKO'd Cerrone in his UFC debut but slowed as the taller man read his dives and pulverized his gut. But Ferguson has a reach advantage and so doesn't need to dive in. His hardest shots will be well outside the range at which Cerrone can sap his gas tank with knees. Iaquinta looked far uglier at the end of their bout, but Cerrone took decent damage as well. The gap between that fight and his bout with Ferguson is… five weeks. That's barely enough time for a training camp, let alone recover from a five-round fight. Especially when entering against a beast like Ferguson. El Cucuy may start slow, but if he can rattle a worn Cerrone with a single good punch it won't matter. And so we as fans look on as a man who may be a danger to himself as much as he is to others tries, one last time, to earn a shot for gold. Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone will feature on the main card of the upcoming UFC 238 pay-per-view. Shara Vigeant has trained MMA fighters for 10 years, but until meeting one called cowboy she had never been invited skeet shooting. Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone holds the record for the most Fight of the Night bonuses in UFC history, with 17 under his belt. He is one of the top five lightweights, and will next face Tony Ferguson at a UFC fight in Chicago on June 8. M., to train Cerrone for that upcoming fight. "Every day was an adventure," Vigeant told CBC's Radio Active. Cerrone built his ranch as a playground and training camp for himself and other fighters. Vigeant stayed in one of the dorms on the property, along with the other fighters who train there. "It's literally a ranch of fun, but he works there," she said. "The boring stuff is the training," she said. Shara Vigeant poses along with Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and his team pose for photo after training for his UFC win on May 4. Vigeant was there as Cerrone prepared to fight Al Iaquinta on May 4. Vigeant met Cerrone in 2017 through his coaches, when he was in Edmonton filming a movie. "He took to me because I don't take any guff," she said. At the ranch, Cerrone rotates between grappling, striking, jujitsu, wrestling and training for two to three hours per day, depending on his schedule, she said. A typical workout, she said, includes cyclical rounds of 25-minute bursts of high power activity. "It's never steady — it's always going to be short bursts of high power," she said. Vigeant said she sometimes helped keep him on his strict nutrition regime to maintain his weight in the 155-pound class. Despite being a high-performance athlete, she said, Cerrone had his weaknesses.