Exciting. I would’ve preferred if he expanded on that due to the fact that is pretty a detail to say about a opportunity opponent.
I never think Tony was overrated our underrated ahead of the Gaethje combat. He’s undoubtedly underrated now, but ahead of the only time I felt he was overblown was when he was when compared to Khabib. My opinions on that matchup have altered about time but I not often viewed him favorably. I think there was a specific strength all around that combat getting so cursed that allowed that to come about.
I come to feel like with Tony there’s a ton of narratives about how he fights and how his fights go that just aren’t genuine. I watched a whole lot of his fights lately and I this idea that he only Three Stooges his way to victory and that he has small putting prowess is just phony. I feel these narratives arrive about simply because his most important highlights are surviving Lando’s headkick and Tony finding dropped by Pettis. Those had been pretty entertaining sequences that present his toughness but they barely paint his complete career.
Tony has outstruck every opponent he has fought besides for Kevin Lee and Danny Castillo in his 12 combat earn streak.
There’s also studies on major strikes absorbed and placing protection supplied by ufcstats.com:
Tony Ferguson: 4.04 strikes for each moment and 59% protection
Dustin Poirier: 4.18 strikes for each minute and 54% defense
Justin Gaethje: 7.99 strikes for every minute and 55% defense
Conor McGregor: 4.40 strikes per moment and 55% putting protection.
Tony isn’t appreciably worse than the elite strikers in conditions of protection, which is a different narrative that is prevalent. He has also been knocked down only a few instances in his last 13 so the narrative that he is constantly receiving KD’d is blatantly untrue.