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Add Tony
Ferguson
vs. Anthony
Pettis
to the growing list of crucial lightweight matchups, as
the two will fight on the same card as the 155-pound title fight
between current champion Khabib
Nurmagomedov
and former title holder Conor
McGregor
. MMA Junkie was the first to report the matchup,
with Pettis appearing to confirm it via Twitter shortly
thereafter.

Ferguson (23-3) is riding an imposing ten-fight winning streak, and
actually captured an interim lightweight title after submitting
Kevin
Lee
at UFC 216. “Showtime” had an absolute return to form in
his last outing at UFC 226 last month, dropping Michael
Chiesa
with strikes before submitting him with a slick triangle
armbar.

However, the former lightweight champion has remained inconsistent
since losing the belt back in 2015. Losses to Max
Holloway
and Dustin
Poirier
have been noticeable setbacks, but Pettis (21-7) is now
back in the weight class where he was once champion, and his
performance against Chiesa was vintage “Showtime.”

UFC 229 takes place on Oct. 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.


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