UFC 238 Odds: Does Tony Ferguson Offer Value With Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone Coming Off Limited Rest?

Jun 08, 2019 07:00 PM EDT
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Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: UFC fighter Tony Ferguson (red gloves).

  • Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone is back in action on Saturday at UFC 238 in Chicago after fighting in January.
  • Does the quick turnaround give Tony Ferguson the advantage, and what do the betting odds say?

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone took his first fight in the UFC all the way back on February 5, 2011 against Paul Kelly at UFC 126. Cowboy won the fight thanks to a second-round submission (rear-naked choke) and began his long ride into the record books.

There’s little debate surrounding Cerrone’s stats as one of the sport’s all-time greats.

  • No. 1 all-time in wins (23)
  • No. 1 all-time in finishes (16)
  • No. 1 all-time in post-fight bonus awards (17)
  • No. 1 all-time in knockdowns landed (20)
  • No. 2 all-time in total bouts (31)
  • No. 4 all-time in significant strikes landed (1,450)

Still, Cowboy hasn’t found a way to secure championship glory to this point. He’s had several attempts, but couldn’t get the job done against Rafael dos Anjos in the UFC nor vs. Benson Henderson (twice) in WEC.

One of the potential road blocks in Cerrone’s quest for gold has been his willingness to take pretty much any fight. Saturday’s matchup at UFC 238 against Tony Ferguson is no exception.

‘El Cucuy’ has won 11 consecutive fights inside the Octagon while regularly rearranging his opponent’s appearance.

Of course, Cerrone is a cold-blooded killer himself and in all likelihood not afraid of any man on this planet.

The larger reason for concern is Cowboy’s general disregard for rest. He’s made a habit of taking fights on incredibly short notice during his UFC career.

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