Tony Ferguson Finally Returns Against Anthony Pettis At UFC 229
It was a pretty rough year for former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, but now things are in the right direction as ‘El Cucuy’ will make his long-awaited Octagon return against former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 229 on October 6 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The news first reported by MMAJunkie.
Promotion still has to confirm the bout. UFC 229 already have headliner bout features Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor Mcgregor with co-main features a heavyweight clash between Alexander Volkov and Derrick Lewis. Currently, it’s unknown if they will serve as a new co-main event, but may serve as a back up for the main event bout.
Ferguson has been teasing for over a week that fight is in works, posting training videos post knee surgery that pulled him out of UFC 223 against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“Champ Shit Only” Someone’s Getting Suplexed Snap Down City Style 🌃 #snapintuit SnapJitsu™️ I’ve Got Three “3” Opponents To Train For… Fuckin’ A… Bring That Shit On #ufc229 -Cucuy AKA Champ 🇺🇸🏆🇲🇽 @mmajunkiedotcom @usatoday pic.twitter.com/8gLJpu6Jmt
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) August 23, 2018
Anthony Pettis also reacted to the news:
On to the next one! #ufc229 #teampettis #414 #702 pic.twitter.com/YNIljSseI5
— Anthony Pettis (@Showtimepettis) August 24, 2018
Ferguson hasn’t set foot inside the Octagon since Oct. 7, 2017, when he defeated Kevin Lee at UFC 216 via third-round submission. ‘El Cucuy’ is riding on ten consecutive fights, with his last loss coming to Michael Johnson back in May 2012.
Pettis is coming off a submission win over Michael Chiesa via second-round triangle armbar at UFC 226 and looking to get right back into the title picture. Before that he lost a fight to Dustin Poirier at UFC Fight Night in November 2017.