Although Tony Ferguson has fought many times on Fox Sports, the lightweight is taking a new role on Sunday Night as an analyst for the UFC Fight Night: Oklahoma City event.
When MMA fans hear Ferguson from behind the analysts desk, they are going to hear somebody with a high fight IQ.
“I just believe my fight IQ is through the roof,” Ferguson said to MMA Junkie. “Wholeheartedly and seriously, I love to watch the fights. I like to take a paradigm step outside of the box and really analyze the fight as a whole instead of being in a biased situation. I really believe they saw that, and they could see I can take a step outside of it regardless of if it’s my weight or not.”
Ferguson himself hasn’t competed in the Octagon since defeating former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 98.
When it comes to this weekend’s main event fight between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee, the new analyst expects something special.
“I expect fireworks,” Ferguson said. “I expect Kevin to come out a little more fuego – a little more fire – (and) attack the body of Chiesa. I think if Lee does it right, he picks him apart. He will have a big victory. But Chiesa is a tough son of a (expletive), and this is going to be a great fight.”
UFC Fight Night: Oklahoma City takes place on Sunday, June 25 from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.