Tony Ferguson will reportedly end a yearlong absence from the Octagon when he fights Anthony Pettis at UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Oct. 6.
Steven Marrocco of MMAjunkie reported the news Thursday, citing two people with knowledge of the situation.
Ferguson has not fought since Oct. 7, 2017, when he defeated Kevin Lee at UFC 216 in an interim lightweight title fight:
Ferguson won that bout via third-round submission to improve his record to 25-3-0. He has won 10 consecutive fights, with his last loss coming to Michael Johnson in May 2012. He had to pull out of April's UFC 223 after he suffered a torn knee ligament just days before the event.
This news doesn't come as a suprise. The 34-year-old teased a fight was in the works earlier this week:
Tony Ferguson @TonyFergusonXT
“I’m Not Weird I’m Limited Edition” My Collaboration w/ @Topps 🇺🇸🏆🇲🇽 Now All We Need Is Some Bubblegum To Go With This Asswhoopin’ I’m ‘Bout To Dish At #ufc229 Waiting On Opponent, Probly Callin’ Pterodactyls After Finding Out Who He’s Fighting Next, I Owe Him One. 👊🕶 https://t.co/fz6fiTAoqY
Now, an opponent has reportedly been finalized.
Pettis sits at 21-7-0 for his UFC career. He defeated Michael Chiesa at UFC 226 in July via second-round submission. He lost his previous bout to Dustin Poirier at UFC Fight Night 120 in November 2017.
The Conor McGregor-Khabib Nurmagomedov showdown will headline UFC 229.