Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson full fight preview | UFC 274

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight warriors Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson will square off this weekend (Sat., May 7, 2022) at UFC 274 inside Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

In three UFC fights, Chandler has quickly established himself as an elite contender and one of the most pound-for-pound entertaining men on the roster. However, he’s only picked up a single victory in that span, so the pressure is on for Chandler to bounce back if he’s to remain a relevant title threat rather than merely a fun Lightweight. Meanwhile, the situation is far more dire for “El Cucuy.” Fans and analysts alike knew that someday, Ferguson’s chaotic and all-offense style would eventually result in the wheels coming off, and it really seems like that’s happened. After going undefeated for eight years, Ferguson has lost three in a row, seldom winning a round in the process.

Let’s take a closer look at the keys to victory for each man:

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CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLE DIP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Phoenix, Ariz., on Sat., May 7, 2022, with a blockbuster championship doubleheader. Headlining the pay-per-view (PPV) event will be Lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira, seeking to defend his title against No. 1-ranked contender, Justin Gaethje. In UFC 274’s co-main event, women’s Strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas, looks to avenge her loss against No. 2-seeded, Carla Esparza. And top-ranked Lightweight contenders collide when Michael Chandler (No. 5) locks horns with Tony Ferguson (No. 7) in a fan-friendly 155-pound clash for the ages.

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Michael Chandler
Record: 22-6
Key Wins: Dan Hooker (UFC 257), Benson Henderson (Bellator 243, Bellator 165), Brent Primus (Bellator 212), Patricky Freire (Bellator 157), Eddie Alvarez (Bellator 58)
Key Losses: Charles Oliveira (UFC 262), Justin Gaethje (UFC 268), Patricio Freire (Bellator 221), Will Brooks (Bellator 120, Bellator 131)
Keys to Victory: Chandler is one of the most explosive men on the roster. The man fights with his springs loaded, ready to positively fly into a ferocious right hand or powerful double-leg takedown.

Echoing what I wrote about Donald Cerrone earlier in the week, “El Cucuy” was never that hard to hit in his prime. He worked through that issue by being inhumanly tough and fighting fire with fire, but now that he’s lost a step in reaction time and durability, Ferguson is far more vulnerable to getting blitzed early.

Chandler’s right hand could fell an elephant, so the fight may be that simple as lining up a big swing in the opening two minutes.

If not, Ferguson’s wrestling has looked pretty awful lately. Chandler may love his reputation of being a brawler inside the Octagon, but if the knockout doesn’t materialize and things get hairy on the feet, a bit of lay-and-pray could offer a valuable opportunity to rest and reset.

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