MMA Preview – Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis at UFC 229

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 229? Sunday 7th October, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 229? T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada

What channel is UFC 229 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 229? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 229? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

This mouth-watering match-up has been conveniently placed on the UFC 229 card so Tony Ferguson or Anthony Pettis can step in should the main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor fall through.

Ferguson makes his remarkable recovery after that horrific knee injury after tripping on a bit of wiring just days before his scheduled title fight with Nurmagomedov. It seemed a cable was the only thing that could stop ‘El Cucuy’ as he has been on a tear with ten-fight winning streak – the longest streak in UFC lightweight history.

He comes into this fight with a chip on his shoulder after relinquishing his interim title and watching McGregor take his spot against Nurmagomedov but a win over Pettis will put him back at the front of the queue.

A queue not respected by Pettis, who is looking to push straight to the front with a win. Although he has only won three of his last eight fights, we saw a glimpse of the old ‘Showtime’ in his last fight against Michael Chiesa.

THE PREDICTION

Both these guys in their prime provides one of the most compelling match-ups on paper but Pettis has struggled for consistency and who knows how healthy Ferguson is. His injury was enough to end a career but he is back with his unconventional training like nothing ever happened.

This fight will be entertaining wherever it goes. Their lightening ground skills are deadly – Pettis is more technical and Ferguson is innovatively unorthodox – but they are both as prolific as it gets. However, this fight is likely to go to the floor after damage on the feet which they are also prone to delivering.

Ferguson will be wild, elusive and disrespectful of the stand-up skills of Pettis and if he lands at his usual rate, his will control the fight. Pettis needs to relax and let his hands and feet go to interrupt the tempo of Ferguson but providing ‘El Cucuy’s’ knee is healthy, his durability combined with his output may be enough to get him back on track for a shot at the belt.

Winner: Ferguson via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric