Tony Ferguson Reveals Targeted Return Date Following ‘Minor’ Elbow Surgery

UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson underwent elbow surgery last week but it turns out the procedure won’t keep him sidelined for very long.

Ferguson just fought in October when he captured interim title with a submission win against Kevin Lee and he now awaits the return of lightweight champion Conor McGregor so they can hopefully unify the belts next year.

According to Ferguson, the surgery he had on his elbow wasn’t serious and he should be able to return no later than March or April next year.

“Twas a very minor surgery and now getting ready to unify my belt with McNuggets [Conor McGregor] in the first fourth of the year (March-April) as recovery is going great.”

“Keep Em’ Sharp” So I Asked Doc If He Could Make My Elbows Any More Sharper ?? Well… w/ A Wink & A Nod It Was Done!!! T’Was A Very Minor Surgery & Now Getting Ready To Unify My Belt W/ McNuggets @thenotoriousmma In The 1st 1/4 Of The Year (March – April) As Recovery Is Going Great!!! #DefendorVacate MF’er??? The First Day Of Therapy Was Huge, “I Never Liked Sitting On The Sidelines” ?✌️@repair_sports_institute_hb Almost To Full Flexibility & Next Is Strength ?️Thanks Doctor Mora, @danawhite & @ufc For The OrthoScope It Was A Success #TSKYH Great Job ? , I Look Forward To Kicking McNuggets Ass & Defending My Strap For A Decade Or Two ????? #AndTheNew #TonyFergusonMMA SnapJitsu™ #SnapDownCity My Mat MF’ers ???

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There has been a lot of speculation about when McGregor might finally return to the Octagon after not fighting at all in the UFC during 2017. Instead, McGregor focused on his boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in August before taking off the rest of the year.

McGregor has stated that he plans to fight in 2018 but he’s still in negotiations with the UFC on a more lucrative deal before he actually signs on to face anybody on any specific date.

The good news is McGregor will have some time with Ferguson on the shelf for a little while as he mends his surgically repaired elbow.

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Raufeon Stots Promises Fireworks in Victory FC 59 Main Event

After going undefeated in his first two years as a pro, bantamweight up and comer Raufeon Stots has split his two bouts in 2017, picking up a win and a loss.

Stots was able to defeat former UFC veteran Rob Emerson at Victory FC 56 to start off his year in April, but was unable to keep his momentum going as he suffered a TKO loss to Merab Dvalishvili in June at Ring of Combat 59.

“I feel like I did pretty good against Rob,” Stots told MMAWeekly.com. “I could have pushed a little bit more. But that will come as I grow as a fighter is turning on my kill switch. That’s something I’ve been working on.

“My last fight was obviously down. I got knocked out for the first time in my career. What I learned from that is when the bell rings and the fight starts I’ve got to be ready and turn it on.”

Though he is coming off the first loss of his career, up to this point in 2017 Stots believes it has been a positive year with all the growth he has gone through.

“It’s been a good year for me learning-wise,” said Stots. “I learned I can compete against the best, but I’ve got to be ready for it. I’ve got to train for it and be ready to compete at the highest level when I step in the cage and the bell sounds.”

On Saturday in Omaha, Neb., Stots (8-1) will look to rebound when he defends his title against Arnold Berdon (6-1) in the 135-pound championship main event of Victory FC 59.

“This fight will be good for me too because this is the first time I’m coming off a loss, so it will be good for me to find myself as a fighter, to find myself as somebody who perseveres and who is still here to be the best in the world,” Stots said.

“(Berdon is) a hungry fighter and I’m hungry fighter, and we’re going to go out there and there are going to be fireworks. We’ve got everything to lose and everything to gain, so I think it’s going to be a great fight.”

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With a win on December 16, Stots could place himself in the discussion as one of the top prospects ready to move up to the next level in 2018.

“As far as technically and things I’ve learned this past year, I feel like if would have been in (the UFC) before I knew these things I would have done a disservice to myself,” said Stots. “I’m at a point where I’m taking it one fight at a time and my results speak for themselves.

“It’s a hard thing. You want to be in the UFC, you want to make the big bucks and be recognized as one of the best fighters in the world, but I’ve got to take it one fight at a time and be comfortable in the fact that I’m working towards being one of the best.”

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