Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweights Tony Ferguson and Gleison Tibau attempted to break into the rankings last night (Feb. 28, 2015) at UFC 184 inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Ferguson had already proven to be a tough challenge heading into his bout with Tibau. With a 7-1 record inside the Octagon, "El Cucuy" was hoping that a win over Tibau would be his springboard into the division's elite.
Meanwhile, Tibau was hoping to put together the first four fight win streak of his UFC career. Though he's been consistently near the top of the division, Tibau was aiming to break out of his gatekeeper role last night.
"El Cucuy" has arrived.
Early on, Ferguson was active with his kicking game. He scored with some heavy inside low kicks and followed up a quick straight right with a body shot.
When Tibau attempted to return fire with kicks, Ferguson caught him off-balance and took him to the mat. After Tibau got back to his feet, Ferguson continued to show his wrestling advantage, stuffing some of Tibau's double leg attempts.
On one such occasion, Ferguson sprawled out on Tibau and circled to his back. Before long, "El Cucuy" locked in a rear naked choke on the jiu-jitsu black belt and finished the fight.
This is the performance Ferguson needed. He made no mistakes and took out a dangerous opponent with ease. Furthermore, Ferguson proved himself superior in each area of mixed martial arts (MMA) in less than three minutes.
Considering his current streak, it's time for Ferguson to earn both a place inside the top 15 and a matchup with a fellow ranked fighter. For example, a match up with Myles Jury could work.
Unfortunately for the Brazilian, any chance of him making it into the rankings is gone. Additionally, his chance at finally getting on a four-fight win streak has been crushed.
Luckily, Tibau's position inside the division is still secure. He's been the gatekeeper to the Top 15 for some time, and one loss is not going to chance that. For his next scrap, I'd like to see Tibau face off with Rustam Khabilov.
At UFC 184, Gleison Tibau succumbed to the heavy punches and dangerous grappling of Tony Ferguson. How high can Ferguson climb in the talent-rich lightweight division?
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