Tony Ferguson is back. And sooner than you might have thought.
The former interim UFC lightweight champion is set to make his return to the cage after an extended lay off against none other than Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, who fought just two weeks ago in Ottawa. As first reported by ESPN, the pair have agreed to fight UFC 238 in Chicago on June 8.
It marks a rapid turn around for Cerrone, who, after a win against Al Iaquinta, called for a UFC title shot or a match up with Conor McGregor in July. For Ferguson, it’s his first bout since a win over Anthony Pettis at UFC 229, which came off the back of a brutal knee injury that cost him a shot at the undisputed UFC lightweight title.
Earlier this week, Ferguson met with UFC brass in Las Vegas to discuss his future, and clearly the meeting was productive. It’s likely that, with a win, either Cerrone or Ferguson would be next in line to meet the winner of the long reported Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier fight later this year.