Tony Ferguson won a season of TUF, but instead of going on a losing spree and getting cut – which is often the case with those TUFers nowadays – he actually honed his craft and got better, and racked up enough wins to earn himself a title shot (well, an interim at least). That shot comes this Saturday at UFC 209, where he’ll face the ultra-tough Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Who will win? That’s hard to predict, but for sure we know that Ferguson is durable and dangerous. Case in point: his fight against former Strikeforce champ Josh Thompson. It’s worth noting that this was Thompson’s last fight in the UFC before going to Bellator.