A pivotal lightweight clash is in the works for UFC 256, as Tony Ferguson and Charles Oliveira are expected to square off on Dec. 12.
UFC president Dana White informed ESPN that the bout is nearly finalized. UFC 256 takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and is headlined by a bantamweight championship tilt pitting Petr Yan against Aljamain Sterling.
Prior to the announcement of this bout, Ferguson campaigned for a showdown with Michael Chandler at UFC 256 before the ex-Bellator champ revealed that he was not available for the fight. “El Cucuy” is coming off a fifth-round technical knockout loss to Justin Gaethje in an interim 155-pound title tilt at UFC 249. Prior to that, Ferguson had won 12 consecutive Octagon appearances, besting the likes of Edson Barboza, Rafael dos Anjos, Kevin Lee, Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone in the process.
The UFC’s all-time submission leader, Oliveira enters the matchup with Ferguson on a seven-fight winning streak in which he has finished all of his victims inside the distance. Most recently, the 31-year-old Brazilian tapped out Kevin Lee with a guillotine choke in the third round of their bout at UFC Fight Night 170 on March 14.
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