Ferguson was looking like the next big thing to come off a TUF title before Michael Johnson got a hold of him in May 2012. “El Cucuy” hasn’t fought since, dealing with some injury issues, and now his future isn’t quite so bright. That could change with a convincing win over Rio, a tough but not unbeatable adversary. Ferguson’s got a good build for keeping Rio at bay with jabs and kicks from the outside, as well as the skill to back it up, and he’ll only need to stuff a few takedowns before “The Wolverine” lets his claws out and decides to strike. Such a scenario seems favorable for Ferguson and should open an avenue to victory. / PREDICTION: Tony Ferguson def. Mike Rio via Unanimous Decision
The main card for UFC 166 may have fans salivating but let’s not forget about the excellent undercard efforts destined to highlight Saturday night’s show. The preliminary portion of the lineup boasts eight bouts including a few sure to be featured towards the top of a Fight Night event such as Sarah Kaufman-Jessica Eye, Tim Boetsch-C.B. Dollaway, and Hector Lombard-Nate Marquardt. In general, the talent involved is Texas-sized to say the least, giving MMA enthusiasts plenty of reason to tune in early this weekend and enjoy the action unfolding inside the Octagon.
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