Can Tony Ferguson Defeat Conor McGregor in a Fight?

Published 05/05/2021, 3:13 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: Tony Ferguson smiles during his fight against Anthony Pettis at UFC 229 at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Hans Gutknecht/Digital First Media/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)


Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson are undoubtedly two top lightweights in the world. One might argue McGregor’s record at the 155lbs division of the UFC is negative, but ‘The Notorious’ one hasn’t fought in the division during his best years.

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What’s more, Ferguson is currently on a skid. However, ‘El Cucuy’ is arguably the scariest fighter in the UFC’s lightweight division.

So, there is no doubt the fight between the duo would be a barn-burner. It was also discussed numerous times after McGregor became the lightweight champion by defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.

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But it never happened. However, one can’t help but think how that fight would have played out if McGregor and Ferguson actually fought.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 12: Eddie Alvarez of the United States (right) fights against Conor McGregor of Ireland in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Ferguson is a unique fighter who thrives in chaos. He doesn’t mind taking a hit in order to give one back to his opponent. But that might be a recipe for disaster against someone like McGregor.

The Irishman is a knockout artist. His power, precision, and timing are impeccable. His opponents seem to fold once they get hit by that left hand.

But Ferguson’s uncanny ability to absorb damage can play a part as well. That doubled with his endurance and insane cardio can very well overwhelm the former 2-division champion if ‘El Cucuy’ can get past the first few rounds.

Will Tony Ferguson vs Conor McGregor ever happen?

Ferguson has one eye on redemption as he fights Beneil Dariush at UFC 262. ‘El Cucuy’ will be determined to return to winning ways.

So, will McGregor when he takes on Dustin Poirier to complete their trilogy at UFC 264. McGregor, given he wins in July, is expected to fight for the belt next.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 05: Tony Ferguson poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ferguson will fight Anthony Pettis in a lightweight bout at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, if Ferguson can get one or two more wins under his belt, he will be up for a shot at the title as well. It would be unjust if ‘El Cucuy‘ never gets the opportunity considering all that he has done in his career. So, a fight between McGregor and Ferguson could very well take place in the near future, or at least fans can hope so.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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