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TUF 13 winner Tony Ferguson dips to lightweight to join UFC 135 lineup

Fresh off his season-winning knockout of fellow finalist Ramsey Nijem earlier this month, Ultimate Fighter 13 champ Tony Ferguson will drop down to 155-pounds for his follow-up performance and face seasoned grappler Aaron Riley on September 24 at UFC 135 as part of an event headlined by Jon Jones’ light heavyweight title defense against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

News of the match-up and change in divisional scenery for Ferguson were announced through the UFC’s website.

The 27-year old Ferguson has had his hands raised seven of the last eight times he’s fought including four straight strike-based victories. However, he has yet to face an opponent with Riley’s resume in his career making for a very interesting affair come the UFC’s September stop in Denver.

A veteran of more than forty fights, Riley holds past wins over apt adversaries like Shane Nelson, Jorge Gurgel, and Michihiro Omigawa. Fourteen of his thirty total instances of in-ring success have come via submission with another eleven as the result of the judges’ scorecards. He last competed a little over a year ago at UFC 114 where he notched a Unanimous Decision win over Joe Brammer.

In addition to Riley vs. Ferguson, other pairings expected to take place at UFC 135 include welterweight icon Matt Hughes facing original Ultimate Fighter Diego Sanchez and Japanese striker Takanori Gomi’s attempt to fare better against Nate Diaz than he did against older brother Nick Diaz a few years back.


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