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UFC 279: Tony Ferguson returns to welterweight to face Li Jingliang

Tony Ferguson is going back to the future for his UFC 279 bout with Li Jingliang at the T-Mobile Arena in September.

Ferguson (25-7-0), 38, won TUF 13 in 2011 as a welterweight but has competed in the UFC as a lightweight for most of his career. But after a drought with four consecutive losses, “El Cucuy” is switching things up.

Meanwhile, Jingliang (19-7-0), 34, is coming off three good performances which resulted in two wins in his last three bouts. His last fight was a TKO victory over Muslim Salikhov at UFC on ABC 3 in July.

Many fighters have been cut from the UFC for having less than four losses in a row. The pressure has to be on Ferguson to return to the win column in Las Vegas.

UFC 279 is scheduled for Sept. 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Current bouts include:

#3 KHAMZAT CHIMAEV (11-0-0) VS. NATE DIAZ (20-13-0)

#4 IRENE ALDANA (13-6-0) VS. #10 MACY CHIASSON (8-2-0)

#14 LI JINGLIANG (19-7-0) VS. TONY FERGUSON (25-7-0)

SHAMIL ABDURAKHIMOV (20-7-0) VS. JAILTON ALMEIDA (16-2-0)

NORMA DUMONT (7-2-0) VS. DANYELLE WOLF (1-0-0)

HEILI ALATENG (15-8-2) VS. CHAD HELIANGER (12-5-0)

MELISSA MARTINEZ (7-0-0) VS. ELISE REED (5-2-0)

DENIS TIULIULIN (9-6-0) VS. JAMIE PICKETT (13-7-0)

More bouts are expected to be announced.

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KenaiAndrews
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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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