Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson announced for UFC 274

The UFC announced Friday that a lightweight bout between Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson is scheduled for UFC 274 on May 7 in Phoenix.

Chandler and Ferguson verbally agreed to the fight, but fight agreements have not been sent and nothing has been signed, sources told ESPN.

ESPN has Chandler ranked No. 6 in the world at lightweight. Ferguson is a former interim UFC lightweight champion.

Chandler (22-7) has dropped two straight fights since winning his UFC debut over Dan Hooker at UFC 257 in January 2021. The Missouri native, however, has only lost to the UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira and No. 1 contender Justin Gaethje. . Chandler, 35, is a former three-time Bellator lightweight champion and was a top free agent for the UFC in 2020.

Ferguson (25-6) is on a three-fight losing streak, with losses to Oliveira, Gaethje and Beneil Dariush. Prior to this current skid, the California native was on a 12-fight winning streak, tied for the longest ever in the UFC’s 155-pound division. Ferguson, 38, is a former Ultimate Fighter winner and known as one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC with six fight of the night bonuses.

UFC 274 will be headlined by a lightweight title fight between champion Oliveira and Gaethje.

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