Ferguson vs. Cerrone Booked for UFC 238
Tony Ferguson’s return to the Octagon appears all but set, as he will be competing at UFC 238 against Donald Cerrone, who steps in just one week after his last fight.
This marks the first time Ferguson is competing in the UFC since his UFC 229 win over Anthony Pettis. This marked his 11th victory in a row, dating back to 2013.
Ferguson claimed the interim UFC lightweight championship with a win over Kevin Lee at UFC 216, and he was scheduled to compete against Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed world title at UFC 223. Less than a week to the fight, however, Ferguson was forced out by injury.
Ferguson was given the chance to compete for the interim title against Max Holloway at UFC 236 but turned it down. The former interim champion has been dealing with several personal matters, including a recently-settled restraining order from his wife. He also has changed management teams, going from Paradigm Sports Management to Ballengee Group. It’s assumed the switch is, in part, to make a future showdown with Conor McGregor, who is represented by Paradigm, possible.
Cerrone just competed last week at UFC Ottawa, defeating Al Iaquinta by unanimous decision, giving him a three-fight win streak and now at 2-0 in his return to 155. Cerrone had asked for a fight with either McGregor or lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov next. “Cowboy” holds the record for most wins in UFC history with 23.
Original Story: ESPN