Coach: Ferguson Can Submit Khabib
Tony Ferguson is expected to get the next shot at the UFC lightweight championship, hopefully giving fans the long-anticipated and constantly pushed back fight between him and current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The undefeated Nurmagomedov has seemed dominant in just about every fight he’s had inside the Octagon, especially on his road to the title and as champion in the last few years. Ferguson and his team, however, feel they have the answer to finally put the first mark in the loss column on the Dagestani’s record.
In fact, Eddie Bravo, who has coached Ferguson on jiu-jitsu over the past year or so, tells Mo Hosani 360 that he feels Ferguson has the capability to pull off a submission on the sambo and wrestling expert.
“With that caliber of fight, I don’t make predictions,” Bravo said. “But we are planning on beating him. [I] can’t give away too much, but the difference is, everybody [else] is running from Khabib on the ground. They spend the whole time trying to get to the fence to get back up. Tony’s not going to do that.
Tony’s going to attack. So it’s going to be a little different. He’s going to attack with submissions, and he’s going to attack with elbows. He’s not going to try to get back up. He’ll try to keep the fight standing and do some takedown defense and all that stuff.
Ferguson won the interim lightweight championship at UFC 216 in October 2017 by submitting Kevin Lee.
Ferguson and Nurmagomedov were scheduled to face each other four times: once in 2015 and 2016, with the fight canceled both times due to injury, an interim title fight at UFC 209 in 2017 before Nurmagomedov was pulled after a weight cut issue, and a title fight at UFC 223 in 2018 before Ferguson suffered a freak leg injury.
Quotes via BJ Penn.com