A thrilling war saw Tony Ferguson and Donald Cerrone collide in a battle of superiority. The duo did prove to the world why they deserved to be regarded as two of the world’s lightweight division’s top fighters.
Despite what has been considered a great fight, reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov had no fascinating impression about the bout.
Speaking to ESPN recently, Nurmagomedov who currently holds the longest undefeated streak in MMA, played down on the skills of the two fighters
He took a swipe first at Cowboy as the Russian professional believes Cowboy should have taken a different approach.
“It was an interesting fight, but anyways, it was standup fight,” Khabib Nurmagomedov said of Cerrone and Ferguson’s fight. “This is not my style, I maul my opponents. I take them down, smother them and make them tired. My style is much different than ‘Cowboy.’
“Even if we talk about boxing, ‘Cowboy’ is a very good kicker but he is not a great boxer. He is not a good top boxer, you know? He have not a bad jab, but when someone pressures him he stop. Mentally he is not strong.”
After berating ‘Cowboy’s’ strategy, Nurmagomedov discussed the plan he deployed to defeat his rival Tony Ferguson.
“That’s why I win this fight [with Ferguson], maybe Tony think I am going to risk or I am going to striking with him, like all of his opponents,” he said. “No way. He is very skinny on his body and I am going to take him, catch him and in a couple of minutes make him tired and finish him. I am completely different fighter than all his opponents.”
Incidentally, Nurmagomedov had been scheduled to engage with the duo of Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson before. He’s been paired with Cerrone twice and Ferguson four times. Sadly, he’s not been able to engage either of the two. No thanks to a series to twists. Meanwhile, the outcome of Nurmagomedov’s UFC 242 fight with Dustin Poirier could be a defining factor of how things pan out.