Tony Ferguson has confirmed opponent for possible farewell fight at UFC Abu Dhabi

Former interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson has a veteran duel with Michael Chiesa at the August 3rd event

 

Tony Ferguson

Tony Ferguson before fighting in the UFC. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

Nick Diaz isn't the only 40-year-old veteran confirmed at UFC Abu Dhabi, an event that takes place on August 3, in the United Arab Emirates. Through a video published on Ultimate's social networks, Dana White confirmed that Tony Ferguson will move up to welterweight (up to 77,1 kg) and will face Michael chiesa in what could be his last fight in the organization.

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'Bicho Papão' of the UFC's lightweight division between 2013 and 2019, when he accumulated 12 consecutive victories, won the interim belt and came to be seen as the main threat to the reign of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson The organization is going through a terrible time, with seven consecutive defeats, the last of which against Paddy Pimblett in December last year.

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This will be the third time that Tony Ferguson operates in the UFC welterweight division. 'El Cucuy' was champion of the 13th season of The Ultimate Fighter, acting in the category, in 2011, and returned to perform in the same season in defeat to Nate diaz, in September 2022.

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Also champion of The Ultimate Fighter, Michael chiesa He won the 15th season of the reality show, in 2012, still as a lightweight, but has been active in the welterweight division since 2018. 'Maverick' has been on a streak of three defeats and recently left the top-15 of the category.

UFC Abu Dhabi takes place on August 3, in the United Arab Emirates. In the main fight of the event, Cory Sandhagen face Umar Nurmagomedov in bantamweight (up to 61,2 kg).

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