Tony Ferguson prepares to return to the eight walls of death as he locks horns with the promising Li Jingliang this Saturday at UFC 279. Ferguson was plagued with a weak chin in his last cage outing against Michael Chandler – receiving a harrowing knockout loss at UFC 274.
Meanwhile, Li Jingliang is coming off of a KO win back at Fight Night last July and will be looking to continue his winning ways. Check here for the full rundown on the UFC odds and UFC predictions ahead of the pairs’ blockbuster co-main event battle at UFC 279 this weekend.
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Ferguson, who has been honing his craft in the cage professionally for the UFC since 2011, has lately been fitting square pegs into round holes. A heart-wrenching round 2 KO loss to the venerable Michael Chandler back at UFC 274 put Ferguson in a tough spot.
The former interim title contender Ferguson – who was riding an unbelievable 12-fight streak – before Justin Gaethje put a stop to it back in 2020 was once believed to be the man to stop the undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
On the other side of the cage stands China’s Li Jingliang – another veteran of the cage – fighting out his debut in 2014 for the UFC. Li Jingliang won his last contest against Muslim Salikhov last July at Fight Night and will want to make a statement against the much-respected Ferguson this weekend.
‘The Leech’ who is ranked #14 in the welterweight division, will be looking to secure a win here to climb the welterweight ladder. With 10 wins by KO, 4 submission wins and 7 first-round finishes, the Chinese brawler is not to be sniffed at and comes into the contest as the favorite in the UFC betting.
Tony Ferguson vs. Li Jingliang Fight Information
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022
Time: The main card starts at 6 PM EST
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Tony Ferguson vs. Li Jingliang Time By State In The US
ET: 6 PM
CT: 5 PM
MT: 4 PM
PT: 3 PM
Tony Ferguson vs. Li Jingliang UFC Prediction
While going up a weight class is a difficult challenge for many fighters in the UFC, Ferguson started his career as a 170 lbs fighter. Ferguson is 4 years older than his opponent, but he’s fought the best in the business and boasts a 4.5-inch reach advantage.
Ferguson’s main problem now in his career is his durability. UFC 274 proved that Ferguson’s chin now is made of glass and this is a result of a 32-fight career – taking some brutal punishment over his time in the cage.
However, Ferguson did look very dangerous in his first round against Michael Chandler, damaging him with slicing elbows before he got hit with that harrowing kick. The 38-year-old had never been knocked out until he faced the hard-hitting Justin Gaethje two years ago and even then it was at the business end of round 5.
Li Jingliang is a knockout artist and has a plethora of power for Ferguson to deal with. It’s easy to see why the odds are against veteran Ferguson because if the unorthodox fighter’s chin really is gone, then he’s in for a nightmare against the Chinese finisher. However, Ferguson has the arsenal to win this fight and will be hoping to punch his ticket back to the top.
As powerful as ‘The Leech’ can be, he has trouble from distance and this is where Ferguson thrives. Don’t be surprised to see Ferguson piling on the pressure making it difficult for Li to unfold his fight game out.
BETUS in the US has made their predictions for this bout. Li Jingliang comes into this contest as a heavy favorite at -310 – while America’s Ferguson arrives as a +230 underdog. If you’re in a regulated state that legalizes sports betting, BETUS offers a whopping 125% sign-up bonus here if you fancy ramping up the excitement.
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