El Cucuy is one of the most electrifying Lightweight contenders in UFC history. His rise to the top, has been one of legends and folk lore.
His style truly unique and versatile with his sharp tools. His victims fall too a bloody wrath of spinning elbows and life taking darce chokes. Whatever way Tony Ferguson wins, he wins in impressive and emphatic style.
From the very beginning, when we first saw him appear on TUF season 13 back in the day. Tony Ferguson stood out. He was the most focused in the room, he was the most talented and he wanted more than any other contestant that season.
He always came across as different from everyone a bit of enigma and he still is to this day. A fascinating character in the mix on a 12 fight winning streak. His last loss over 8 years ago against Micheal Johnson in 2012.
He uses unorthodox footwork to dazzle and confuse his opponents. His use of the jab in many of his bouts is a strong weapon for him. He even jabs from both stances moving backwards or forwards, very expertly he controls distance very well.
Tony can also be reckless with his chin in the air at times, however his quick reflexes and distance control help him avoid swinging left high kick, by the slightest turn of his head and dip of the shoulder. For every three or four shots he defends he gets clocked by one good one – luckily for el Cucuy his chin is up to task.
A blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Eddie Bravo 10 Planet Jiu Jitsu, also an excellent Wrestler competing Collegiality and has many finishes coming by submission. Insane application of Anaconda and Darce chokes, truly high level in all aspects of the game. He scored a phenomenal comeback Triangle choke victory over ‘The Mo Town Phenom’ Kevin Lee back at UFC 216.
Even injuries have never held Tony back, he always finds a way to bounce back. Even after he tripped over a production cable and blew out his ACL when he was scheduled to face Khabib Nurmagomedov for UFC 223. He came back from that injury easily in 6 months and took a fight against Antony Pettis at UFC 229.
Now after the most recent setback of not being to face Khabib again the past April due to the World Wide Pandemic, He kept his calm and stayed focused on his goal. Not letting the situation effect his training and even made weight for the cancelled bout, just to show how focused he really is. Now in many peoples opinions and mine, in a more exciting bout now against Dustin Gaethje on May 9th UFC 249.
The UFC’s first event since the global outbreak of Covid – 19, an event the MMA fans have been waiting for and a mouth watering Fight Card at that. The main event an absolute cherry on top with the co – main also a Championship bout between Henry Cejudo and Bantamweight legend Dominick Cruz.
I see Tony Ferguson being able to find holes in Justin’s game. Tony will create openings when he confuses with his movement and unpredictable shots. I see Gaethje walking into a lot of body shots and getting caught with an elbow that puts him out.
His over aggression will cost him unless he can be more calculated, but I don’t see that from Gaethje, I see him behaving the way he always does. In seek of violence from the opening bell to round number 5. All out action. Scoring 6 Fight bonuses in 6 UFC appearances the first in history to do that.
Tonight will be a feast for the MMA fans around the World. Been starved of MMA the past while, we all simply can’t wait.
It will be a great show and I see El Cucuy coming away with the victory in a close encounter, where both men will have their moments. El Cucuy winning the contest and defending his Interim UFC Lightweight Title again by KO.