Tony Ferguson is ready to return to action and fight newly-acquired lightweight contender Michael Chandler this December.
Ferguson, who hasn’t competed since losing to Justin Gaethje via TKO back in May, took to social media early Saturday to angle for a fight with Chandler. Remember, the two lightweights were already linked to a potential pairing, but “El Cucuy” wasn’t interested in facing the former Bellator MMA champion.
Looks like Ferguson has changed his mind and is now trying to secure a bout with Chandler this December at UFC 256.
“Time-2-Rise” # D’arceKnightRises ... Again ⚔️ Lets Close out 2020 In Style. Michael Chandler you Putz, Ya Asked For It. # AddedToTheListBish’ CSO™️ December. @danawhite @seanshelby @ufc @MikeChandlerMMA # My Mat -Champ pic.twitter.com/IOyFvbufPT— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) November 14, 2020
“Time-2-Rise” #D’arceKnightRises ... Again. Lets Close out 2020 In Style. Michael Chandler you Putz, Ya Asked For It. #AddedToTheListBish’ December,” wrote Ferguson.
Fight fans have been calling for this matchup for the past month so it’s nice to see both parties finally interested. The UFC 256 card, which just lost Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson, is currently being headlined by a bantamweight scrap between UFC champion Petr Yan and top contender Aljamain Sterling. Adding Ferguson vs. Chandler would be a tremendous addition to the card and a great way to close out a difficult 2020 campaign.
Ferguson, 36, had his ridiculous 12-fight UFC win streak snapped at the hands of Gaethje back in May. The loss knocked “El Cucuy” out of another potential booking opposite Khabib Nurmagomedov, who defeated Gaethje at UFC 254 to retain his lightweight title. Knocking off a fighter like Chandler will right the ship for Ferguson entering 2021 and put him right back in the title mix.
Chandler, 34, has yet to make his UFC debut after signing with the promotion back in September. The Bellator MMA legend did serve as a backup for Khabib vs. Gaethje at UFC 254 but never got his chance to step inside of the Octagon. If Chandler were to debut against Ferguson and win in memorable fashion he would have to be considered for a UFC lightweight title shot.
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