Highly touted lightweight fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to return from a 20-month layoff on December 12 against fellow lightweight contender Tony Ferguson. The bout will be part of the TUF 22 Finale and take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight announcement was made on Friday afternoon.
Nurmagomedov (22-0) has been on the sideline for over two years recovering from two knee surgeries. He last competed in April of 2014 when he defeated current lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos via a unanimous decision. He debuted for the UFC in 2012 compiling a 6-0 record and was on the verge of a title shot before his injury. He has gained notoriety due to his trash talk on social media and made headlines recently when he got into an altercation with the Diaz brothers at a WSOF event.
Ferguson (19-3) is a former Ultimate Fighter winner and is coming off the biggest win of his career when he earned a unanimous decision over Josh Thomson. Ferguson had left Thomson a bloody mess after the fight and it was only the grit and heart of Thomson that kept him standing to the very end of the bout. Since winning his season of TUF, Ferguson has only lost once in the UFC and that was unanimous decision to Michael Johnson in 2012.
The Ultimate Fighter Season 22 finale will take place on December 12 and as of this writing no official venue has been named.