Tony Ferguson recently came out issuing a warning to the Ultimate Fighting Championship 155-pound division, declaring he had been cleared to fight after recent personal issues. However, UFC President Dana White is still unsure of his return to action.
Ferguson’s wife filed a restraining order against the former interim champion just month after alleged erratic behaviour which Ferguson did not deny, but for which he claimed he was seeking professional help. White addressed reporters following UFC 236, where in Ferguson’s absence, Dustin Poirier defeated featherweight champ Max Holloway for another interim lightweight title. On the topic of Ferguson’s potential return, White said he was still unsure of a date and wanted UFC doctors to assess him before anything was announced.
“I don’t know if Tony’s ready to fight, I don’t know if that’s absolutely accurate,” White said. “We haven’t had anybody evaluate him yet.”
With Poirier now expected to face Khabib Nurmagomedov for a title unification bout, White said Ferguson would be the next in line if something happens to “The Diamond.”
“This was (Ferguson’s) fight,” White said. “This was supposed to be him and Max. This was his fight, and he turned it down. We’ve made it very clear that the winner of this fight would fight for the title, so that’s the deal. Unless something happens to Dustin Poirier, he gets hurt, he gets injured or something happens, he’s got the fight.”