Dana White Announces Nick Diaz’s Return To Face Vicente Luque; Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Chiesa At UFC Abu Dhabi

Nick and "El Cucuy" are making their UFC return.

Dana White Announce Nick Diaz Return
Dana White Announce Nick Diaz Return - Image credit @UFC X.com
  • Nick Diaz will return to face Vicente Luque at UFC Abu Dhabi
  • Tony Ferguson could be fighting for the last time as he takes on Michael Chiesa

Nick Diaz is making a shocking return to take on Vicente Luque, while Tony Ferguson could be in for the final fight of his career against Michael Chiesa at UFC Abu Dhabi.

UFC Abu Dhabi is stacked

Delivering the latest news, UFC president Dana White announced the main card of UFC Dhabi to be headlined by a battle for the No. 1 contender between Cory Sandhagen and Umar Nurmagomedov. White then confirmed the UFC return of Diaz, who will face Luque in the co-main event.

Finally, the UFC boss also announced Ferguson vs. Chiesa as the main cared opener. White hinted that it could be the last fight of “El Cucuy’s” legendary career.

“You have the best prospect in the bantamweight division in number ten ranked Umar Nurmagomedov taking on number two ranked Cory Sandhagen in what is the number one contender fight at 135 lbs,” White revealed. “In the five-round co-main event, Nick Diaz is returning to the welterweight division to fight number 14 ranked Vicente Luque in what is certain to be an absolute war.”

“No. 4 ranked Chito Vera’s returning after his title fight against [Sean] O’Malley in March to take on former world champion and number six ranked Deiveson Figueiredo. Figueiredo is undefeated since moving up to 135 and is coming off a finish over Cody Garbrandt at UFC 300,” he added.

“No. 7 ranked Mackenzie Dern is facing number ten ranked Loopy Godinez in a fight that features two of the most active strikers in the 115lbs women’s division. And opening the main card is a fight between the legend Tony Ferguson, moving up to 170lbs, in what could be his final fight to take on Michael Chiesa,” he concluded.

Fans have been waiting for Nick and Tony

UFC fans have been waiting for Diaz’s return and an update about Ferguson. Diaz last fought professionally at UFC 266 where he suffered a TKO loss to Robbie Lawler. On the other hand, Ferguson was handed his seventh consecutive defeat after losing to Paddy Pimblett at UFC 296 last year.

The wait is over as Diaz and Ferguson are now set to step inside the Octagon once again. UFC Abu Dhabi will take place on August 3rd at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.

Watch White’s announcement below:

Published on May 29, 2024 at 1:34 pm
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