This news pales in comparison to the Ben Henderson/Anthony Pettis and Michael Bisping/Mark Munoz announcements, but it's news nonetheless. It's been over a year since we last saw TUF 13 welterweight champion Tony Ferguson compete in the UFC, but the current lightweight finally has a fight booked for this fall. "El Cucuy" will take on TUF 15 alum Mike Rio at UFC 166 in Houston, Texas on October 19th. The fight was made official by the UFC yesterday afternoon:
Ferguson (13-3) took the TUF 13 title in emphatic fashion when he knocked out Ramsey Nijem in the finale. He immediately dropped to lightweight and forced a corner stoppage against Aaron Riley, who suffered a broken jaw during the 1st round of their UFC 135 fight. After beating Yves Edwards in December 2011, Ferguson was pitted against TUF 12 runner-up Michael Johnson at UFC on Fox 3 in May, and Johnson prevailed as the surprise winner. Injuries have been the primary reason for his hiatus from the sport.
Rio (9-2) lost in TUF 15 to Andy Ogle in the round of 16, and didn't compete on the season finale due to multiple broken ribs. He made his official UFC debut in December 2012 against fellow TUF 15 fighter John Cofer and won by armbar in the final minute of the fight. Rio was then booked against gigantic lightweight Francisco Trinaldo and lost by arm triangle choke in the 2nd round.
UFC 166 features a heavyweight trilogy in the main event, as Cain Velasquez defends his title against Junior dos Santos in their 3rd fight in as many years. Also on the card is a lightweight showdown between Diego Sanchez and Gilbert Melendez, as well as a welterweight match between longtime middleweights Hector Lombard and Nate Marquardt.