Tony Ferguson Returns On August 3 To Try & Break UFC Losing Skid Against Michael Chiesa Up At Welterweight

UFC President Dana White took to social media to announce the stacked main card that is set for the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi on August 3.

Amongst four other fantastic matchups, the return of lightweight legend Tony Ferguson is locked in for what will be his first appearance of the year.

Ferguson is currently tied for the longest losing streak in UFC history following his tied record for the longest winning streak at 155 pounds at 12.

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Several key details were mentioned by White during his announcement for this next matchup for “El Cucuy,” where he will be taking on Michael Chiesa.

“Opening the main card is a fight between the legend, Tony Ferguson, moving up to 170 pounds in what could be his final fight to take on Michael Chiesa.”  

The two major points to highlight in White’s announcement is first of all, that this contest will see Ferguson move to welterweight.

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The former interim lightweight champion has competed at 170 pounds in the past, having faced Nate Diaz at this weight on short notice two years ago and also won The Ultimate Fighter as a welterweight.

Chiesa is also a former lightweight and TUF winner who made the jump up a weight class back in 2018 and has since fought seven times there.

He is currently on a three-fight losing streak after winning his first four fights at 170 pounds in impressive fashion.

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Chiesa was last seen at UFC 291 in July of last year, where he was submitted by Kevin Holland in the opening round.

Ferguson, on the other hand, went three rounds with Paddy Pimblett in December where he was unable to find his groove and show glimpses of the lightweight boogeyman that the fans fell in love with.

The other key point is that White specifically says, “in what could be his final fight.”

The UFC boss has suggested in the past that Ferguson should hang up the gloves meaning that Abu Dhabi could be one final ride for “El Cucuy”.

August 3 will mark the promotion’s first event in Abu Dhabi this year.