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UFC 272: Tony Ferguson was willing to face Rafael dos Anjos and Islam Makhachev on short notice

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Short notice be damned, many a Lightweight offered their aid to UFC 272’s pay-per-vieww (PPV) co-main event slot opposite Rafael dos Anjos. In the end, Renato Moicano will be the one getting the chance to potentially launch himself into the mix among the division’s best.

Among the several names to voice their interest behind the scenes was Tony Ferguson, who revealed that he made an effort not just to compete this upcoming Saturday, but this past weekend, too.

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CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLE DIP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Phoenix, Ariz., on Sat., May 7, 2022, with a blockbuster championship doubleheader. Headlining the pay-per-view (PPV) event will be Lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira, seeking to defend his title against No. 1-ranked contender, Justin Gaethje. In UFC 274’s co-main event, women’s Strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas, looks to avenge her loss against No. 2-seeded, Carla Esparza. And top-ranked Lightweight contenders collide when Michael Chandler (No. 5) locks horns with Tony Ferguson (No. 7) in a fan-friendly 155-pound clash for the ages.

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Disclaimer, yes, this is really how “El Cucuy” types on social media.

“We Were Offered To Fight @RdosAnjosMMA On Short Notice For #ufc272 We We’re Moar Than Ready To Step In And Save The Fight & Perform. We Were Also Ready To Beat Fatheads Primo @MAKHACHEVMMA This Past Weekend But No Call Was Received, TUF Times”

Last Saturday’s UFC Vegas 49 main event that featured Islam Makhachev was originally to see him face Ferguson’s last opponent, Beneil Dariush. Unfortunately for Dariush, he suffered a leg injury that led to his withdrawal and Bobby Green’s entry.

In the case of dos Anjos’ bout, his initial opponent, Rafael Fiziev, tested positive for COVID-19. As Monday progressed immediately following the news, it had appeared that we may actually get Makhachev as the replacement for Fiziev.

If Ferguson would have slid his way in, it would have made for a rematch as he and the former Lightweight titleholder in dos Anjos met in Nov. 2016. Ferguson would pick up a unanimous decision nod in what was his first UFC main event.

Ferguson and Michael Chandler have been recently linked to each other for a potential bout in the near future. The 38-year-old currently rides a three-fight losing streak with his last victory coming over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in June 2019 (watch highlights).