UFC CEO Dana White on Friday announced the fight for the Dec. 16 pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. He also confirmed a welterweight fight between Stephen Thompson and Shavkhat Rakhmonov that the fighters agreed to earlier on social media. Both fights are likely to serve on the ESPN+ main card.
Pimblett originally didn’t expect to return this year after suffering an ankle injury in his controversial win over Jared Gordon at UFC 282; the U.K. star said the injury was more severe than initially expected.
Now, the 28-year-old gets the chance to pick up a win over the biggest name he’s faced in his career, though the timing of the matchup is certainly under favorable circumstances. Ferguson has lost six straight fights starting with a failed bid for the interim lightweight title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 249.
Fans and fighters begged Ferguson to retire following his most recent setback, but the interim champ released a defiant statement blaming his loss on a variety of factors inside and outside the cage.
UFC 296’s fight card is still under construction, said White, who earlier this week announced a welterweight title fight between champ Leon Edwards and Colby Covington as the end-of-year pay-per-view’s headliner.