While UFC 238 this weekend features two exciting championship bouts, a highly anticipated “Fight of the Night” contender is brewing in the lightweight division when the returning Tony Ferguson takes on fan favorite Donald Cerrone.
Ferguson has faced some recent personal issues and hasn’t fought inside the Octagon since his TKO win over Anthony Pettis at UFC 229 last October. “Cowboy,” on the other hand, has been his usual active self, stringing three successive wins together over Mike Perry, Alexander Hernandez and most recently Al Iaquinta to earn himself a shot at the No. 2-ranked Ferguson.
The highly anticipated matchup was discussed on a recent episode of "The Joe Rogan Experience," where Ferguson’s long-time coach Eddie Bravo was a guest.
Bravo said his fighter is preparing for a tough test in Cerrone but is 100% focused despite his recent personal struggles and is coming for a war.
“It’s a crazy matchup,” Rogan said. “It’s really good, particularly now. Donald has been on a tear. The last three [or] four fights, he’s just looked so good man. The Al Iaquinta fight, for people who now how good Al is, for Donald to handle Al like that and drop him and really put it to him… The way Al put it, Al said ‘He beat the s--- out of me.’ That was Al’s quote.”
“Cowboy is no joke,” Bravo responded. “He doesn’t fight like Khabib [Nurmagomedov], he doesn’t fight like Conor [McGregor]. He fights like Tony. So it’s like similar, it’s like Tony vs. Tony. They’re both very good on the ground. We respect Cowboy’s ground game a lot. We did what we could to make sure nothing bad happens.”
“They both have everything,” Rogan replied. “They both have great striking, they both have great submissions.”
“It’s the same Tony,” Bravo said when asked about Ferguson’s state of mind. “You’d think, is it the same Tony after he had some family stuff going on? Is that going to change him? His opponents hope it’ll change him, but he’s the same Tony. When it comes to fighting, we don’t get into personal stuff. We just stick to fighting. He’s sharper than ever. You can’t guarantee any wins, but I will guarantee he’s going to go in at 100 percent. […] Tony is coming for war like he always does.”
UFC 238 takes place on Saturday, June 8 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The event will be headlined by a bantamweight title fight featuring flyweight champion Henry Cejudo, who will be moving up a division to tackle heavy-hitting Brazilian Marlon Moraes. The women’s flyweight championship is also on the line, with Valentina Shevchenko set to defend her belt against Jessica Eye in the co-main event.