Tony Ferguson to fight Li Jingliang at welterweight for UFC 279 in September

Tony Ferguson’s return to the cage is imminent.

UFC President Dana White said Saturday night that Ferguson will face Li Jingliang at UFC 279 on September 10 in Las Vegas. Sources told ESPN that no agreements have been signed yet, but there is a verbal agreement. Ferguson will move up from lightweight to welterweight for the matchup.

Ferguson (25-7), a popular former longtime UFC lightweight contender, has lost four straight. The California native suffered a KO loss to Michael Chandler at UFC 274 in May.

Ferguson, 38, won 12 straight fights from 2013 to 2019 and was the longest such streak in UFC lightweight history with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Li (19-7) has won five of his last seven bouts. The Chinese-born fighter earns a victory over Muslim Salikhov on July 16. Li, 34, has an 11-5 UFC record.

UFC 279 will be headlined by a welterweight bout between Nate Diaz and Khamzat Chimaev.

https://www.espn.com/mma/story/_/id/34435839/tony-ferguson-fight-li-jingliang-welterweight-ufc-279-september Tony Ferguson to fight Li Jingliang at welterweight for UFC 279 in September

Emma Bowman

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