Tony Ferguson is the guy who is ready to fight anyone at any time. Coming out of a loss against Justin Gaethje, Tony Ferguson is looking to build his way back to the UFC lightweight title. And that path goes through one of the top contenders of the division, Charles Oliveira.
Tony Ferguson has one of the longest winning streaks in the UFC lightweight division. And before his loss to Gaethje, he was considered the second-best if not the best lightweight in the UFC.
On the other hand, it’s resurrection season for Charles Oliveira as he is on an impressive winning streak. He is coming off a huge win over Kevin Lee, who came very close to beating Tony Ferguson.
There are a lot of similarities between Tony Ferguson and Charles Oliveira. Both are phenomenal on the ground. But, Ferguson will have a big advantage in striking. His insane cardio and durability will always be a big factor in his fights.
Can Tony Ferguson make a huge comeback?
A lot will be at the stake of Ferguson in this fight. The lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov believes that Ferguson will not recover from the punishments he has taken in the fight against Gaethje and throughout his career. He even claimed that Ferguson will not be able to climb to the top of the lightweight division again.
However, if Ferguson secures a dominant victory over Oliveira then UFC must consider him for a title fight. Khabib Nurmagomedov might return to the octagon and defend his title. But, if he does not then Ferguson is likely to secure his place in the title fight with a win over Charles Oliveira.
Looking at the current scenario, it seems Michael Chandler is going to fight Justin Gaethje next. And Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier rematch is going to take place on January 23rd, 2021. There are a lot of moving pieces in the lightweight division. And the outcome of Ferguson vs Oliveira will have a huge impact on the title picture of the division.