Eddie Bravo has no idea how a match between lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson would pan out, but what he can assure is that Nurmagomedov will experience a challenge as he has never been before.
Talking on the “Mo Hosani Podcast” on the ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship, Bravo, the 10th Plant Jiu-Jitsu owner and mentor of ex interim champion Ferguson (25-3 MMA, 15-1 UFC), says that he is different from previous opponents, “El Cucuy” will be on the attack, when Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) takes him down.
“With that caliber battle, I can’t really predict the end result – but we are trying on defeating him,” Bravo said. “That’s the plan. … (I) can’t give away too much, though, but the difference is, everybody’s getting away from Khabib on the ground.
So they used the whole time trying to get up to the fence and wanted to get back up. Tony won’t be trying to do that.
Tony’s going to offensive, so it’s going to be a lot different. He’s going to on the front foot with submissions, and he’s going to offend with elbows. He’s won’t be able to try and get back up.
“He’ll try to keep the fight up to, and do some takedown on the back foot and all that stuff.”
Bravo has confirmed that Ferguson is in for a very difficult and challenging battle in Nurmagomedov, which is why he has refused to make a prediction.
All he is sure about is, the strategy is to give the champion, and assure that Ferguson will give a unique challenge for Nurmagomedov, who’s been able to attack pretty much every fighter he’s entered into the cage with.
UFC has gained a lot of clout over the years and maybe the competition needs a new rivalry to increase its viewership. Maybe, this is it?