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Tony Ferguson moves up to welterweight – set for tough fight at UFC 279

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Former lightweight Tony Ferguson will face Li Jingliang at UFC 279 on September 10. Photo: David G. McIntyre – USA TODAY Sports

Former interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson will move up to welterweight to face the tough Li Jingliang at UFC 279 on September 10. Dana White broke the news at the UFC 278 post-fight conference.

“Oh, he didn’t say who he’s fighting?” White told the press. “We’ll let you know soon. Ah, it’s done. It’s ‘Leech.”

Ferguson has four-straight losses, all coming against top ranked lightweight opponents. In his last bout he faced Michael Chandler at UFC 274, and was knocked out by a vicious front kick in the second round. Before that, he lost to Beneil Dariush, Charles “do Bronx” Oliveira and Justin Gaethje.

Jingliang is 2-1 in his most recent fights with wins over Muslim Salikhov and Santiago Ponzinibbio, as well as a loss to Khamzat Chimaev who will headline the UFC 279 event.

Read more: Tony Ferguson makes major change to break four-fight losing streak

Current UFC 279 fight card

UFC 279 will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on September 10.

Check out the current fight card below!

  • Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Li Jingliang
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Jailton Almeida
  • Norma Dumont vs. Danyelle Wolf
  • Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson
  • Denis Tiuliulin vs. Jamie Pickett
  • Heili Alateng vs. Chad Anheliger
  • Melissa Martinez vs. Elise Reed
  • Ion Cutelaba vs. Johnny Walker
  • Chris Barnett vs. Jake Collier
  • Hakeem Dawodu vs. Julian Erosa
  • Yohan Lainesse vs. Darian Weeks

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