The Ultimate Fighting Championship is loading up its return to Chicago this June, adding a potential barnburner to the card in the form of Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone.
According to ESPN on Friday, the UFC is looking to book a major lightweight scrap between Ferguson (24-3) and Cerrone (36-11, 1 NC) on the main card of UFC 238. This event will take place on June 8 at the United Center in Chicago. While the contracts are not yet signed, the bout is expected to be finalized soon.
Ferguson most recently competed at UFC 229 last October, when he finished former champion Anthony Pettis at the end of the second round. "El Cucuy" has been dealing with personal issues outside of the combat sports world, but last month he was cleared to compete by the Las Vegas-based promotion. Ferguson is riding an 11-fight win streak dating back to 2013, finishing eight of those opponents.
Fresh off a five-round decision win over Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 151 one week ago, Cerrone holds a myriad of UFC records including the most wins as well as the most post-fight bonuses. Since becoming a father, "Cowboy" has yet to taste defeat, submitting Mike Perry at welterweight before returning to lightweight to knock out Alexander Hernandez and batter Iaquinta. Cerrone is 10-1 in his last 11 at lightweight, with the lone loss in a title fight against Rafael dos Anjos.
UFC 238 takes place on June 8 at the United Center in Chicago. Headlining the card will be a battle for the vacant bantamweight title between flyweight champ Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko looks to defend her flyweight throne against Jessica Eye.