Tony Ferguson’s hanging coach Rashad Holloway believes the UFC interim light-weight champion will fare simply fantastic in opposition to the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.
Ferguson (23-Three) will tackle Khabib (25-Zero) in the primary occasion of UFC 223 on 7 April in Brooklyn, New York seemingly for the undisputed light-weight title.
It marks the fourth time a match-up between the 2 dominant lightweights has been booked in what many followers think about a dream struggle.
“The Eagle” has dominated each opponent he has confronted up to now. He most just lately defeated Edson Barboza through unanimous choice at UFC 219 in December 2017.
However Ferguson, who’s driving an unprecedented 10 struggle profitable streak within the light-weight division, has been tipped by Holloway to not solely finish Khabib’s unbeaten run but additionally end him through knockout.
“Tony’s been working the previous few months on his physique general earlier than the beginning of camp so he is coming to camp in form,” Holloway informed IB Occasions UK.
“The factor with Tony is he can win anyway. The final camp [for UFC 216] I felt a submission, however this one [vs Khabib], I see a knockout.”
Earlier than the struggle with Khabib was booked, “El Cucuy” was initially expected to face McGregor in a title unification struggle upon the latter’s return from his boxing ventures.
Nevertheless, it by no means got here to fruition with UFC president Dana White later revealing that the Irishman was planning a September comeback.
Holloway believes along with now eager to struggle for a better purse following his profitable payday with Floyd Mayweather, McGregor by no means favoured a struggle with Ferguson due to the risks he possesses.
“McGregor made about $60m (£43m) his final struggle,” Holloway added. “He would not favour combating anybody for $5m, $6m, or $7m.
“He by no means favoured combating Tony as a result of he is too harmful and now [that] Tony’s title lastly blew up, he is [McGregor] wealthy and lazy whereas Tony’s tremendous hungry so no manner he was ever combating Tony.”
But when the struggle did occur, how would Ferguson fare in a possible match-up in opposition to McGregor?
The 34-year-old has been susceptible to receiving lots of strikes in his fights with many believing the easiest way for him to beat McGregor and his energy is within the later rounds or if he takes the struggle to the bottom.
Holloway, although, claims the Crumlin native will not be capable to stand and struggle with Ferguson, including that his jab and footwork will preserve McGregor’s energy at bay.
“Tony’s jab and his toes will preserve McGregor at bay,” the previous skilled boxer defined. “After we select to, we are going to shut the hole with sturdy counters from totally different angles. Tony hits like a truck. It will not final lengthy.
“McGregor has no likelihood in any respect in that struggle. His floor recreation sucks however his hanging is sweet. [But] he would not be capable to strike with Tony. He [Tony] reveals you what he needs and he is so robust so far as taking photographs, that I get on him for it.
“You all have not seen him actually strike but. His capacity and what we work on is wonderful and I am not being biased. He has this factor the place he would not wish to present all his playing cards and I fuss about it however he will get the job accomplished. You will note extra of his capacity this struggle [vs Khabib] for positive.”
Ferguson initially began combating within the welterweight division and has hinted at returning to compete at 170 kilos.
Holloway believes as soon as the light-weight division is conquered, Ferguson will ultimately return to his previous weight class and will defeat the present welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley.
“I believe as soon as he conquers the division, his body can simply deal with welterweight and that is as much as him. I believe he’ll,” Holloway acknowledged. “Tyron is an effective good friend of mine. He used to coach with me after I was nonetheless combating at Wild Card gymnasium and he was going into Strikeforce.
“His hanging coach is my previous coach and like a father to me [Eric Brown]. Tony and he even hit it off nevertheless it’s enterprise and if it occurs, I believe that is , robust struggle that Tony wins interval. I truthfully do not see anybody beating him on the market. He has too many weapons and he has one thing you may’t train — coronary heart, chin and balls.”