Although newly-crowned UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson is one of the most unorthodox and dynamic strikers in the division, his best asset against McGregor is probably his grappling.
That’s according to ‘El Cucuy’s’ longtime Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach Eddie Bravo, who was very honest about Ferguson’s chances against ‘The Notorious’.
Speaking to BJ Penn Radio in a recent interview, Bravo, the founder of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, is cautious of McGregor’s striking but believes Ferguson has what it takes to ‘strangle him’ on the mat.
“If you don’t have respect for Conor and his abilities, then you haven’t been paying attention,” Bravo said of a possible championship showdown between McGregor and Ferguson. “In this game, at the top, anything can happen. I never guaranteed a [Tony Ferguson] victory over Kevin Lee – I never guarantee victories. The only time I guarantee a victory is if your opponent is a duck and it’s a mismatch. You just never know. Conor has great power; he has great striking technique. So does Tony. On the feet, man, anything can happen, it’s like Russian Roulette, you never know. You can’t predict that fight.
“Maybe Tony takes him down and strangles him. Hey, maybe Tony can knock McGregor down. He can just stay on the outside, pop him with jabs, wear him down, and do what Nate Diaz did to him. That’s a possibility. Tony’s got a great chin. He’s got great striking. He’s just as unorthodox as Conor McGregor, if not more, so Conor McGregor might get knocked out, you just never know. But I think the best strategy would be to take Conor down and strangle him.”
McGregor, 29, is considered one of the best punchers in the sport and the Irishman surprised many fans by going 10 rounds with none other than Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the boxing ring this past August. The proud SBG Ireland representative captured the official UFC lightweight strap when he outclassed and TKO’d Eddie Alvarez last year at UFC 205.
Ferguson, a winner of ten straight, submitted Kevin Lee to win the interim 155-pound title at UFC 216 and the 33-year-old is now considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
There has been no official announcement of a title unification bout between McGregor and Ferguson, but both men seem game to throw down. UFC president Dana White also told reporters after Ferguson’s most recent win that he must challenge McGregor in his next bout.