The UFC closes an easy matchup between former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson and Charles Oliveira for December. 12, UFC President Dana White told ESPN on Friday.
Ferguson (25-4) pledged for another fight before the end of the year and, according to White, will grant his wish. When completed, the 155 pound bout will take place at UFC 256 at the Apex facility in Las Vegas.
Ferguson recently used social media to call former Bellator MMA champion and UFC newcomer Michael Chandler, but Chandler told ESPN he needed a break after seeing as an alternative to an easy title bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje in the October served. Though Chandler’s services were ultimately not needed in that October fight. 24 he went through a full warehouse and reduced weight as a backup.
With Chandler unavailable, Ferguson will now turn his attention to Oliveira. Ferguson and Oliveira are the nos. Lightweights with 3 or. 6 ranks according to the official UFC ranking.
Ferguson fought Southern California and had won twelve times in a row before suffering a TKO defeat against Gaethje at UFC 249 in May.
Oliveira (29-8) is on a serious run as he has won his last seven competitions and taken out every opponent. He won a submission win over Kevin Lee in March.
In addition to this light marquee fight, UFC 256 features a bantamweight title fight between defending champion Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling.
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