Tony Ferguson In Vegas For Talks With UFC
The past year has not been kind to Tony Ferguson.
In April of 2018, days away from facing Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 229, the then interim lightweight champion would tear a ligament in his knee while leaving a media obligation, cancelling his fight with the UFC lightweight champion for a fifth time.
In October, Ferguson would return to the Octagon and put on an impressive performance in the UFC 229 co-main event, defeating former champion Anthony Pettis.
Following that night, any big money opponents for Ferguson would be sidelined, as both Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov would be placed under suspension for a riot that broke out following Nurnagomedov’s retaining of the title.
2019 looked good for Ferguson, with a UFC 236 main event against Dustin Poirier lined up for the interim 155-pound belt.
Then, Ferguson would be pulled from the fight due to what would be later found to be mental health concerns. The issue would be so severe, Ferguson’s wife would file a temporary restraining order on the fighter.
Now, it seems Ferguson is through the woods and has been able to attain not only the help he needs for his long-term health, but new management.
On Monday, Ferguson tweeted out that he and his management team was flying into Las Vegas for a “business meeting.”
Per Ariel Helwani, the fighter and his new team at the Ballengee Group, will meet with the UFC brass for a potential return.
Tony Ferguson, along with his new management team, are meeting with UFC brass today in Las Vegas to discuss his future, sources say.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 6, 2019
Two weeks ago, following the UFC’s Fight Night event in Fort Lauderdale, UFC President Dana White was unsure of Ferguson’s status, telling reporters that: “As far as I know right now, Tony’s still not ready to go, or I would be trying to book him.”
With Ferguson negotiating and Dana meeting with McGregor at some point soon, one can wonder if the two will finally face off later in the year, potentially at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi or a potential November showdown at Madison Square Garden.