UFC 238: A Look At The Stats And Highlights From Tony Ferguson Vs. Donald Cerrone

Updated: June 9, 2019
At UFC 238, Tony Ferguson returned to the octagon for the first time since October to face the surging Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a lightweight contest the UFC labeled as “the people’s main event” Ferguson, the former interim lightweight champion brought an 11-fight winning streak with him into the fight Cerrone, who returned to the lightweight ranks in January after a stint at welterweight, had won his previous three bouts heading into his high-stakes matchup against Ferguson UFC 238 took place at United Center in Chicago The pay-per-view card streamed on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass When the three-round contest began, Ferguson was the No 2 ranked fighter in the 155-pound division, while Cerrone entered the bout as the No 4 ranked fighter at lightweight

Ferguson was a -180 favorite over Cerrone, who was a +150 underdog.

Fans expected an all-action affair between these two competitors They were not disappointed It took Ferguson about 90 seconds to find his rhythm and unleash his unorthodox striking, he pushed the pace and seemed unafraid to take the strikes that Cerrone threw his way The two fighters did a good job of mixing up their attacks and targets, but Ferguson was the more active and more accurate of the two over the first five minutes When the first stanza came to an end, Ferguson had landed 52 of his 104 attempted significant strikes Ferguson hit Cerrone’s head 31 times, landed 14 body blows and seven leg strikes The former interim champ landed 50 percent of his attempted strikes Cerrone landed 38 of 95 attempted significant strikes with 28 blows hitting Ferguson’s head, six to the body and four to his opponent’s legs

Cerrone’s landing percentage was 40 percent.

Ferguson went back to pushing the pace at the start of the second round Ferguson’s strikes began to take their toll on Cerrone early in the second stanza and Cerrone, for the most part, was left to counter the blows of Ferguson Ferguson damaged Cerrone’s nose in the second round, which forced Cerrone to breathe through his nose

As the round progressed the swelling on Cerrone’s face got progressively worse.

In the second round, Ferguson was less active but more accurate, while Cerrone was less active and less accurate Ferguson landed 52 of 96 significant strikes He landed 34 headshots, 11 body blows and seven leg strikes Cerrone hit Ferguson 15 times in the head, nine times in the body and six times in the legs Cerrone’s biggest mistake in the fight might have come after the horn sounded to end the second stanza He blew his nose, which caused his right eye to swell and close The cageside doctor, noticing Cerrone had no way to see out of the eye, waved off the fight and Ferguson was declared the winner via TKO At the post-fight press conference, the matchup was announced as the winner of the “Fight of the Night” bonus award

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