Ferguson (25-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC), 38, will look to snap a four-fight shedding skid when he meets Li Jingliang (19-7 MMA, 11-5 UFC) in a welterweight bout in Saturday’s UFC 279 co-main occasion at T-Cell Enviornment.
Ferguson is coming off a brutal entrance kick knockout loss to Michael Chandler at UFC 274, however appeared sharp previous to getting caught. “El Cucuy” made some adjustments after the Chandler loss by coaching with Jackson Wink MMA, however Cormier isn’t positive if transferring again as much as welterweight will assist him.
“I need to see one thing constructive. I need to see one thing change – some adjustments that he has made since he has been to (Greg) Jackson’s health club, Jackson Wink down in Albuquerque, (N.M.),” Cormier mentioned on his “DC & RC” ESPN show. “So I need to see one thing totally different. Right here’s the problem for me: While you get knocked out at 155 by Michael Chandler, whenever you get TKO’d at 155 by Justin Gaethje, whenever you get dominated by Beneil (Dariush) and Charles Oliveira at 155, it will not look like going as much as welterweight could be the transfer.
“But when there’s a man that would let go of the previous and every thing that occurred previous to go and attempt to make an announcement, it’s Tony Ferguson. However in Li Jingliang, this man is hard. He hits arduous, and it is a very troublesome matchup in his first time preventing at welterweight in a very long time. So whereas I’m in search of one thing constructive, I don’t anticipate all that a lot as of proper now. He’s going to have to point out me one thing.”
Ferguson, who gained Season 13 of “The Final Fighter” at welterweight, has had loads of success at 170 kilos. His opponent Jingliang, still thinks Ferguson is dangerous and gained’t be taking him calmly in any respect regardless of his latest struggles within the octagon.
UFC 279 takes place Saturday at T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas. The principle card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPNEWS and early prelims on ESPN+.
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