Former UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson has been granted his wish to compete on December’s UFC 256 pay-per-view event.
The exciting news comes from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto who revealed on Twitter that a lightweight bout between Tony Ferguson and Charles Oliveira is being finalized for UFC 256, per UFC President Dana White.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) November 21, 2020
Ferguson (25-4 MMA) has not competed since suffering a fifth round TKO loss to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249, in what his bid to reclaim the promotions interim lightweight strap.
Prior to the ugly setback, ‘El Cucuy’ had strung together a sensational twelve-fight win streak which included stoppage victories over Gleison Tibau, Lando Vannata, Kevin Lee, Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone.
Meanwhile, Charles Oliveira (29-8 MMA) will enter UFC 256 on a seven-fight win streak, his latest being a third round submission victory over Kevin Lee. ‘Do Bronx’ most recent defeat came way back in December of 2017, when he suffered a TKO setback to Paul Felder.
Immediately following Okamoto’s announcement, Tony Ferguson took to Twitter with the following statement.
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) November 21, 2020
“‘We don’t wait, we call the shots. Line them up.’ Chief Security Officer of the UFC. See you Dec 12 Crew. Champ Shit Only. #DarceKnightRises @ufc @danawhite” – Tony wrote.
UFC 256 was originally slated to be headlined by a welterweight title fight between reigning champ Kamaru Usman and top contender Gilbert Burns. However, the fight has been pushed back to UFC 258 after ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ required more time for training.
A men’s bantamweight title fight between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling is now expected to headline the December 12 event.
Who do you think will emerge victorious when lightweight standouts Tony Ferguson and Charles Oliveira collide at next month’s UFC 256 pay-per-view event? Share your predictions in the comments section PENN Nation!
This article first appeared on BJPENN.com November 20, 2020