‘El Cucuy’ Tony Ferguson will be taking on Michael Chandler in a 3-round fight at the Footprint Center in Phoenix Arizona for UFC 274 on May 7.
The announcement comes from Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barasso via Twitter,
It’s a great match-up for both fighters, and with their styles, the real winner in this one is the audience. Ferguson is an Eddie Bravo black belt and wrestled for Central Michigan University. He’s got an iron chin and a really solid boxing and muay thai base, but is one of the most unorthodox fighters in the game, incorporating wing chun, combat rolls, and more.
Chandler, on the other hand, is also sporting an iron chin. He wrestled NCAA Division I at University of Missouri and fights out of the highly-reputable Sanford MMA team. He reigned over Bellator’s lightweight division for years, fighting in a total of 11 championship fights from 2011 to 2019.
Both fighters could really use a win, as Ferguson is coming off of a 3-fight losing streak and Chandler a 2-fight losing streak.
The night is set to be a banger for the highly-competitive lightweight division, with Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje headlining the event for the championship and Donald Cerrone vs. Joe Lauzon facing off earlier in the card.
‘El Cucuy’ promoted the fight with his own Twitter post,
UFC 274 Ticket hype/sales your welcome-Champ 🕶 -CSO- 🇺🇸🏆🇲🇽 # 📈 # HODLMF’s 🥇— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) March 10, 2022
Michael Chandler didn’t directly acknowledge the fight, but had his own post just a day after the announcement,