The bout marks the second 155-pound attraction announced for the
May 5 event, which takes place at the Izod Center in East
Rutherford, N.J. The show, which will be the UFC’s second of four
planned live events on Fox’s flagship network this year, will also
showcase a pivotal lightweight affair pitting Jim Miller
Hallman (Pictured) attempted his first move to 155 pounds since
2001 when he clashed with John
Makdessi at UFC 140 in December. Though he dominated the
Canadian and finished Makdessi with a first-round rear-naked choke,
Hallman failed to make the lightweight limit, checking in at 158.5
pounds the day before the bout. “Superman” is a 15-year veteran of
the sport and has won three of his last four fights, earning wins
Saunders and Karo Parisyan
in that span.
Ferguson, 27, will enter the cage nine years younger than his foe.
The winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 13, “El Cucuy” knocked
out Ramsey Nijem
in the live season final on June 4 to earn the title of “TUF”
champion. A winner of six straight fights, Ferguson followed his
knockout of Nijem with a pair of Octagon victories, finishing
Riley in September before narrowly outpointing Yves Edwards at
the “TUF 14” finale on Dec. 3.