After a few days filled with UFC fights falling apart due to injury it’s nice to know the matchmaking machine is still busy putting together future tilts too, as a bout between lightweights Tony Ferguson and Mike Rio has been booked for UFC 166. The scrap will be the first for Ferguson since the Ultimate Fighter 13 winner fell to Michael Johnson in May 2012.
The Houston Chronicle was first to report the rumble’s addition to the October 19 card.
Ferguson come out firing to start off his UFC career, picking up wins in his first three Octagon appearances. He holds an overall record of 13-3 with finishes in all but two of his victories.
The 9-2 Rio is also a finisher by trade, scoring eight stoppages in his career with an even split between TKOs/submissions.
UFC 166 is headlined by a title-fight between heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez and former divisional king Junior dos Santos. Other eye-catching clashes on tap at the event include Diego Sanchez-Gilbert Melendez and Nate Marquardt-Hector Lombard.