Founder of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Eddie Bravo, also coach to UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, recently offered his thoughts on “El Cucuy’s” upcoming title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov. Bravo hopes “The Eagle” takes Tony Freguson down during the fight.
Tony Ferguson, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, is set to face off against Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed UFC lightweight title at UFC 223. The live pay-per-view event will take place April 7 inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Speaking on WFAN’s Outside the Cage podcast, Eddie Bravo broke down why he believes it will be beneficial for “The Eagle” to take down Ferguson during their title fight.
“Khabib will be the toughest guy in the lightweight division for a very long time,” Bravo said. “Conor would be an easier fight for Tony. Khabib’s going to be tough.”
“Nobody is doing what he’s doing with his ground and pound, with his takedowns, with his ground control, and his smashing. He’s the best, probably of all time, really. It’s a tall order, but most people are running from Khabib when they’re on the ground,” Bravo said. “They’re spending most of their time trying to get back up, trying to drag themselves up on the fence, and he just rides them and drags them down.
“That’s a good strategy in certain situations. But we’re going to turn around and attack him,” he said. “We’re going to thank him for taking Tony down, and we’re going to throw some fire at him. It’s going to be different. No one has done that.
“I’m sure his defense is going to be tight. I’m sure he’s going to be studying rubber guard and all that, but we’re going to come there with fire,” he said. “We’re going to come right at him.”