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Tony Ferguson vs Islam Makhachev preview
When is Ferguson vs Makhachev?
Tony Ferguson could potentially take on Islam Makhachev, in Late 2021.
The fight would be contested over 5 rounds in the Lightweight division, which means the weight limit would be 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).
Ferguson vs Makhachev stats
Tony Ferguson would step into the octagon with a record of 25 wins, 8 loses and 0 draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 8 by submission.
Islam Makhachev would make his way to the cage with a record of 24 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 4 of those wins by knock out and 11 by submission.
The stats suggest Ferguson would have a massive power advantage over Makhachev, boasting at 48% knock out percentage over Makhachev's 17%.
If the fight goes to the ground, their records suggest Makhachev would have an advantage over Ferguson, with a 46% submission rate over Ferguson's 32%.
Tony Ferguson is the older man by 8 years, at 39 years old.
Ferguson has a height advantage of 1 inch over Makhachev. This also extends to a 6-inch reach advantage.
Ferguson is currently the more experienced professional fighter, having had 8 more fights, and made his debut in 2008, 2 years and 3 months earlier than Makhachev, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He has fought 22 more professional rounds, 75 to Makhachev's 53.
Ferguson vs Makhachev form
Ferguson has lost to all of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he lost to Nate Diaz at UFC 279 on 10th September 2022 by in the 4th round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Michael Chandler at UFC 274 on 7th May 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Beneil Dariush at UFC 262 on 15th May 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Toyota Center, Houston, United States.
Before that, he had been beaten by Charles Oliveira at UFC 256 on 12th December 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had lost to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 on 9th May 2020 by knockout in the 5th round at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville.
Makhachev has won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 4 times.
In his last fight, he beat Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 284 on 11th February 2023 by unanimous decision in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at RAC Arena, Perth, Western Australia.
Previous to that, he had beat Charles Oliveira at UFC 280 on 22nd October 2022 by submission in the 2nd round in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Going into that contest, he had won against Bobby Green at UFC Fight Night on 26th February 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Before that, he had beat Dan Hooker at UFC 267 on 30th October 2021 by submission in the 1st round.
He had defeated Thiago Moises at UFC Vegas 31 on 17th July 2021 by submission in the 4th round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
In terms of recent activity, Islam Makhachev has been fighting more than Tony Ferguson.
Tony Ferguson last fought 6 months and 13 days ago, while Islam Makhachev's last outing was 1 month and 12 days ago.
Ferguson's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 10 months and 14 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 6 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 17 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 3.4 rounds on average.
Makhachev's last 5 fights have come over a period of 1 year, 8 months and 6 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 4 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
What are the odds on Ferguson vs Makhachev?
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