Donald Cerrone's Eye Injury Didn't Result in Any Broken Bones During UFC 238 TKO

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2019

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 08:  Donald Cerrone prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his lightweight bout against Tony Ferguson during the UFC 238 event at the United Center on June 8, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Tony Ferguson defeated Donald Cerrone by TKO last weekend at UFC 238 in a bloody battle that left Cerrone in rough shape after ringside physicians determined he was unfit to continue following the second round.

But the MMA fighter took to Instagram Tuesday to confirm that he didn't break any bones.

"I'm in Good Health," he wrote. "Thanks for all the message and concerns. Only air was in my eye. No broken bones nor cracked or broken orbital. Sitting and waiting for the Rematch or next fight."

Per Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com, UFC President Dana White originally said at the post-fight presser that Cerrone had suffered a broken orbital.

A rematch between Cerrone and Ferguson would be intriguing. Cerrone is 36-12-1 and has earned Fight of the Night honors in his last four matchups, three of them wins. While the loss set him back in his quest for a lightweight title match—the belt is held by arguably the best fighter in the sport, Khabib Nurmagomedov—it's still possible Cerrone could work his way back up the lightweight ranks.

As for a rematch with Ferguson (25-3), that remains to be seen. Ferguson is deserving of a title shot, with 12 straight wins to his name, and if he doesn't face the winner of Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier, it would be a surprise.

Ferguson may want to fight before a title bout could be arranged, however, given that Nurmagomedov vs. Poirier is scheduled for UFC 242 on Sept. 7. That would put any fight between Ferguson and the winner sometime in December or later, more than likely.

So if Ferguson wants a fight before then, a rematch against Cerrone would make sense. And he's already said he would run it back against Cerrone:

The risk for Ferguson, of course, is that a loss could cost him a title bout. But fight fans would likely enjoy seeing the two men do battle again, especially since Cerrone got a relatively clean bill of health in the aftermath. 

And given Ferguson's comments after his win over Cerrone, it doesn't seem like he's particularly worried about who he fights next anyway.