Just a day after claiming he would face Michael Chandler before the end of the year, UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson surprised fans by naming Charles Oliveira as his opponent on the same map as Russian star Petr Yan.

Ex-interim lightweight champion Ferguson was eager to return before the end of the year, and said UFC newcomer Chandler he “asked” on Friday.

Former Bellator King Chandler, who last month was the unused understudy for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s title fight with Justin Gaethje, had now dashed his hopes of his promotion debut against Ferguson after Oliveira was the opponent for the return of “El Cucuy” was named “.

“We’re not waiting,” Ferguson explained alongside a photo of himself viewing a sunset from a dark field. “We set the tone. Line them up. “

Known for his floor play alongside Ferguson, Brazilian Oliveira holds the UFC record for submissions at 14 and has long targeted a fight with big names.

“Do Bronx” was visibly delighted with the announcement of the fight for December 12th when he posted a photo of himself alongside Ferguson on his Instagram following of more than 358,000 and thanked God for the scrap.

“What we wanted most of all happened,” said the 31-year-old jiu-jitsu powerhouse. “We are all going towards victory.

“God is in control of everything and you can be sure that victory is ours.”

Ferguson faces a tough test in a philanthropic clash that will be his first since a tough loss to Justin Gaethje in May.

Oliveira has had seven wins and two knockout victories since his loss to Paul Felder in late 2017.

Their UFC 256 encounter will be on the same card as Petr Yan’s fierce battle with Aljamain Sterling as the Russian star is set to defend his bantamweight title for the first time.

Since the fight was announced, Sterling has warned Yan on social media that he will set a “fast pace” in a “beautifully violent” fight.

Your “fast pace” will not break anyone but yourself. Your strokes are not precise or strong enough. If i will hit you i will hurt you. Reaching for my legs will make you tan like Askren https://t.co/VNPJWgsIDW

– Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) November 3, 2020

Why do you care so much what I think of you? Stop telling people what I know. All I know is that I’ll put you to sleep on December 12th. Https://t.co/fTXp9DCaiE

– Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) November 3, 2020

“Just don’t let yourself down, brother,” he said to Yan. “I know you are strong and you won’t knock, so you will go to sleep.

“Leave your ankles? I will put you on crutches. Leave your arm or your shoulder? You will have trouble showering with one arm.”

Yan reacted characteristically dismissive. “Put your mask back on and shut up,” he replied.

“Why do you care so much what I think of you? All I know is that I’ll put you to sleep on December 12th.”

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