Nate Diaz defeats Tony Ferguson in the main event of a packed card with an amazing comeback. As the duo captivated the crowd, Ferguson, a former interim lightweight UFC champion, displayed excellent performance in his own right.
A leg kick was the standout moment of the first round. The most notable development was Diaz’s cut on Ferguson’s shin after Ferguson checked a leg kick. Both competitors made an effort to showcase some of their boxing and most importantly their will to fight throughout the bout.
When it got to the third round, things really took off. Ferguson also made some successful kicks, and Diaz made some knockout punches that were effective. While El Cucuy was lying down in the middle of the cage, both boxers engaged in some theatrical behaviour.
Tony Ferguson thinks that at the end of his fight with Nate Diaz, he made a costly error. After all, it was his effort at a takedown that resulted in the submission that ended the fight.
In the post-fight interview, he stated, “I should have kept it standing. Got to discuss somethings with my cornermen. Nothing bad. Nobody’s getting fired, nobody’s doing f****** bad. It’s just some adjustments, it’s a new game for me, mixing it up, putting the MMA together.”
Prior to UFC 279, Ferguson trained in New Mexico with the renowned Jackson Wink MMA squad, with the camp’s main focus being on his initially planned opponent, Li Jingliang. However, Tony is a legend of the sport regardless and it would be interesting to see do his thing in the future as-well.
“His corner advised THAT takedown”- Dana White blames Tony Ferguson camps for terrible advice
Dana White has had a very hectic week to deal with. Despite it all, after the card he gave his usual post-fight press conference and adressed all the mayhems. From taking care of Chris Barnett following the outstanding performance, dealing with Khamzat Chimaev’s weight difficulties, the contested decision win given to Daniel Rodriguez against Li Jingliang, and much more.
But to commence, he gave his thoughts on the main event bout, he stated, “Yeah I mean he’s so durable and tough…I don’t know if you guys [the media] have the monitors over there… you can hear what’s going on, but we went into their corner, Tony’s corner in that round, his corner, for some reason, told him to take him down… he [Tony] was chopping that leg [of Diaz], kept kicking that leg, obviously doing damage, his corner told to take him down, Nate capitalised on that…”
Regardless of how the bout took place, it is fair to say that the bout was enjoyable. It was great to see two legends of the sport square off and give us prime entertainment.
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