Tony Ferguson will return to the Octagon for a major fight with Donald Cerrone at UFC 238 in Chicago on June 8th.
Ferguson last fought back in October of last year, where he forced a corner stoppage at the end of the second round against Anthony Pettis at UFC 229.
Since then Ferguson has had issues in his personal life, with his wife filing a restraining order against him due to “threatening and violent behavior,” and detailed numerous instances of the former interim champion acting in a bizarre and often incoherent manner.
However, Ferguson has since sought help and the UFC have offered support and his wife has since dropped the restraining order against him, paving the way for his return to the Octagon.
The 35-year-old will be looking for his 12th win in a row when he goes up against ‘Cowboy’, with his list of previous wins during that five-and-a-half year unbeaten stretch including the likes of Rafael dos Anjos, Kevin Lee, Edson Barboza, Josh Thomson, Gleison Tibau and Abel Trujillo.
As for the 36-year-old Cerrone, he’s currently on a three-fight winning streak, two of which have come since moving down to lightweight after a run in the welterweight division.
That 170lb foray ended with a win over Mike Perry, and he’s since gone on to defeat Alexander Hernandez and Al Iaquinta at 155lbs.
After that Cerrone had indicated that he was looking for a title shot or a fight with Conor McGregor, but being match-up against Ferguson is the next best thing and was enough to convince him to step back into the cage in a couple of months time.
Ferguson Vs Cerrone joins a UFC 238 card that’s scheduled to be headlined by a bantamweight fight for the vacant belt between Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes, with Valentina Shevchenko defending her flyweight title against Jessica Eye in the co-main event.