Question marks loom over Conor McGregor’s ground game ahead of tomorrow’s lightweight title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach Eddie Bravo believes he has the perfect student to exploit the Irishman’s weakness.
While many fans believe Khabib’s wrestling to be McGregor’s kryptonite, Bravo says Tony Ferguson has the jiu jitsu to dismantle ‘The Notorious’ on the ground.
Speaking to BJPenn.com Radio in a recent interview, Bravo said ‘El Cucuy’ would ‘destroy’ McGregor on the mat and is hoping Ferguson goes on to face the Dubliner after the dust settles from UFC 229.
“Conor’s the one,” Bravo said. “Tony would destroy him on the ground. All we gotta do is get him on the ground. And Tony has the stand up to hang with Conor. Tony’s fucked up Edson Barboza, Tony fucked up Rafael Dos Anjos, Josh Thomson, [Katsunori] Kikuno; all these guys with great standup, Tony’s fucked ’em up. All of ’em. So obviously, we gotta respect Conor’s power, but I think Tony can handle Conor on his feet. And once he drags him down, Tony’s got too much firepower for Conor.”
“I want Conor to win ’cause I want Tony to fight Conor,” he said. “Being involved in that would be the ultimate. And you know, and then Tony would get mad pay, which is great. So I’m hoping Conor wins. I’m hoping it’s Tony [vs.] Conor sometime early next year.”
Ferguson is expected to face Anthony Pettis in tomorrow night’s co-main event, while McGregor will challenge Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title in the main event. The highly anticipated UFC 229 pay-per-view takes place this Saturday, Oct. 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.