Dana White “assumes” Tony Ferguson is next UFC lightweight title contender

Tony Ferguson was back to his creative best against Donald Cerrone at UFC 238 a couple of weekends ago.

His TKO win signaled his 12th victory on the bounce and UFC President Dana White appears suitably impressed.

White says he “assumes” Ferguson will be the man to fight the winner of the lightweight title unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 later in September.

Rumours of a rematch between Khabib and one Conor McGregor never seem to go away, regardless of how dominant the former was in their last fight.

And with White unsure about the Irishman’s future in mixed martial arts, he believes we will finally witness Ferguson fight for the title proper.

“Khabib is fighting Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi in September,” White said in an interview with the LV Sports Biz podcast.

“Then I don’t know, then we’ll see. Tony Ferguson just came off a great win this weekend over ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and I’m assuming he’s next.

“Then we’ll see what happens with Conor, what Conor wants to do.”

“El Cucuy,” a former interim UFC lightweight champion, has already been scheduled to fight Nurmagomedov on four occasions, but the fight never materialised due to injuries, a failed weight cut and a lung issue.

As for the absent McGregor, it remains to be seen whether we will see him back in the Octagon any time soon.