May 9th was not a good day for Tony Ferguson. Ferguson faced Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 249 that night. Heading into the fifth and final round of that bout, Ferguson was down on all three scorecards. He needed a stoppage for the win. He did not get one. Instead, with less than 90 seconds remaining in the fight, referee Herb Dean waved things off and awarded the TKO win to Gaethje.
The loss ended Ferguson’s 12-fight UFC lightweight winning streak. The setback also cost Ferguson a title shot since the bout was for the interim UFC lightweight crown.
On Saturday, Ferguson fights for the first time since his loss to Gaethje. He meets Charles Oliveira in the co-main event of the UFC 256 pay-per-view.
Oliveira is on a seven-fight winning streak heading into his matchup opposite Ferguson. Each of those seven victories has come by way of stoppage. Oliveira has racked up five submissions and two knockouts during that stretch. He is coming off a third-round submission win over Kevin Lee. That fight took place in March.
Below is a look at how Ferguson and Oliveira match up in key stats ahead of UFC 256, which takes place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card is headlined by a flyweight title fight between champion, Deiveson Figueiredo and challenger Brandon Moreno.
UFC 256: Ferguson vs. Oliveira head-to-head stats
|Sig. Strikes Lander Per Min.||5.8||3.27|
|Strikes Absorbed Per Minute||4.04||3.08|
|Takedown Avg./15 min||0.49||2.61|
|Submission Average Per 15 min||1.2||2.8|