Why Paddy Pimblett Is The Perfect Matchup For Tony Ferguson

Paddy Pimblett vs Tony Ferguson

Alan Jouban believes that Paddy Pimblett is the perfect stylistic matchup for Tony Ferguson.

Pimblett is all set to face Tony Ferguson in a highly-anticipated lightweight clash at UFC 296. The two fighters are on a completely different career trajectory, as ‘El Cucuy’ is currently on a six-fight losing streak, while ‘The Baddy’ is enjoying a six-fight winning run.

Given their recent run of form, many think Pimblett will run through the former interim UFC lightweight champion, but Jouban thinks Ferguson will pull off the upset.

“This is the best fight that Tony Ferguson could have gotten,” Jouban explained in a recent appearance on The Fighter vs. The Writer. “Because you know why? Who is the most beatable guy with the biggest draw in the UFC? It’s Paddy Pimblett. Paddy Pimblett has the biggest fan base, the biggest name, the biggest following in that group of category of guys that’s beatable. He’s very beatable. I thought he lost that fight earlier in the year [to Jared Gordon].

“When I got the news, I thought they’re throwing a legend to the dogs, because Tony is a legend in his own way for what he’s done. But when I thought about it, I go, what else? You give him a Jalin Turner or some young bull, some guy in his prime — you give the old lion that? But this is a guy in Paddy Pimblett who’s beatable. He’s young and he’s growing and he’s got good submission skills on the ground, he kind of just muscles it out and toughs it out on the feet, and Tony Ferguson is well beyond his prime years, but this is a winnable fight and it’s got the maximum upside for Tony Ferguson.”

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