After months of healing from a freak accident that forced him to pull out of his main event fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223, Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson is finally back and will face Anthony “Showtime” Pettis at UFC 229. Although, nothing has been announced by the UFC, sources told MMA Junkie about the future booking, and Pettis seems to have confirmed it via tweet.
— Anthony Pettis (@Showtimepettis) August 24, 2018
Ferguson(23-3 MMA) hasn’t fought since winning the UFC interim lightweight title by submitting Kevin Lee at UFC 216 in October 2017. He was originally slated to face Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 for the undisputed lightweight title,but suffered a knee injury that forced him to pull out. Feguson is currently the #2 ranked lightweight and is on a 10-fight win streak, losing only once in his time in the UFC. That loss was against Michael Johnson back in 2012.
Pettis(21-7 MMA),who is a former WEC/UFC lightweight champion, had his last fight at UFC 226 in July, where he submitted Micheal Chiesa to add another win to his record. Showtime has had a rough past few years in the UFC, winning only 3 of his past 8 fights since 2015. Pettis is currently #8 in the lightweight rankings.
UFC 229 will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on October 6,2018 with the main card airing on PPV. Check out the UFC 229 fight card here.