Another intriguing matchup has been added to the stacked UFC 197 card. Tony Ferguson will face Michael Johnson in a rematch of a fight that happened over 3 years ago.
Tony Ferguson (20-3), currently ranked as the #5 contender at lightweight, is riding a 7-fight win streak. Ferguson has finished 5 of those 7 opponents and earned a total of 5 post-fight bonuses in the process. Most recently, Ferguson finished Edson Barboza with his signature D’arce choke in the 2nd round of a back-and-forth battle that was awarded a Fight of the Night bonus.
In 2011, ‘El Cucuy’ started his UFC career by winning The Ultimate Fighter season 13 with a knockout over Ramsey Nijem. He has since won 10 of his 11 total UFC bouts with his only loss coming at the hands of Michael Johnson.
Michael Johnson (16-10) beat Ferguson back in 2012 via unanimous decision at UFC on FOX 3. Johnson entered the UFC by competing on The Ultimate Fighter season 12 where he was able to reach the finals before dropping a unanimous decision to Jonathan Brookins. Johnson compiled a 4-fight win streak that started back in 2013 when he beat Joe Lauzon via unanimous decision. That streak was snapped by Beneil Dariush who beat Johnson via split-decision in a fight that many fans thought Johnson clearly won. Most recently, Johnson dropped a unanimous decision to Nate Diaz in the Fight of the Night at UFC on FOX 18.
UFC 197 takes place on March 5 in Las Vegas. The card is headlined by a lightweight title fight between challenger and featherweight champion Conor McGregor and champion Rafael Dos Anjos.