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Former interim UFC champ Tony Ferguson says he's been cleared for return

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Tony Ferguson says he’s been cleared to resume his fighting career after suffering a gruesome and untimely knee injury earlier this year.

Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC), the former interim UFC lightweight champion, went under the knife in April to repair a complete tear of his left LCL. The injury occurred just days before he was supposed to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed 155-pound crown at UFC 223 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Despite enduring an intense procedure that left a lengthy scar down his leg, it seems “El Cucuy” is somehow on the cusp of making his return to the octagon. Ferguson took to social media on Saturday to announce he’s been cleared (via Instagram):

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“Cleared” Made That Recovery My Bitch 4 Months & A Day 🌱Thanks Everyone That Believed In Me, Keep That Shit Up🕴Time For Some Chaos & Reclaim Whats Mine- Champ 🕶🇺🇸🏆🇲🇽 SnapJitsu™ #snapintuit

Ferguson’s manager declined to offer comment. However, a source with knowledge of Ferguson’s condition who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he’s not publicly authorized to discuss such matters confirmed Ferguson’s report.

Ferguson didn’t immediately reply to an MMAjunkie request for further comment.

Ferguson last competed at UFC 216 in October. He earned a third-round submission of Kevin Lee to claim interim gold and extend his winning streak to 10, which is the longest run of victories in UFC lightweight history.

After three previous cancellations of his booking against Nurmagomedov, it seemed UFC 223 was the moment the anticipated matchup would finally come to fruition. Just days before the event, though, Ferguson tripped over a wire while doing media on the FOX Sports lot in Los Angeles, and the fight was derailed yet again.

Four months later, though, Ferguson has completed his rehabilitation process and is in the clear to book his next fight. When, where and against whom that will be, though, remains to be seen.

For more on the UFC schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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