After beating UFC newcomer Lando Vannata in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. McDonald on Wednesday, 155-pound contender Tony Ferguson is once again campaigning for a title opportunity.
"I'm always down for that title contention shot," Ferguson said right after the fight. "I know Eddie Alvarez is right there, RDA -- a lot of those people jump ship, but I'm signing upon the dotted line whoever is next. I'm here, I'm here to stay, and I'm here to make some statements."
The 32-year old Ferguson is currently on an eight-fight winning streak. After submitting Brazilian striker Edson Barboza in December, he was scheduled to face number-one ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov in April. However, Ferguson had to pull out of the fight with a lung injury, and was expected to make his comeback against fellow TUF veteran Michael Chiesa in Sioux Falls. Chiesa pulled out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Vannata, who managed to land a few solid shots, but ultimately succumbed under Ferguson's pressure and tapped in a second-round D'Arce choke.
"This will be the only last fight that I've been taken some hits to the face," said Ferguson. "Lando Vannata, I wanna say thank you once again. The top three in the world, watch out for me, El Cucuy, I'm on my way to victory!"
The UFC lightweight title is currently in possession of Eddie Alvarez who stopped Rafael dos Anjos with a spectacular knockout last week.