UFC President Dana White says that before Ferguson returns to the Octagon, some personal problems need to be dealt with.
“Tony had hit me up after the Max Holloway fight went to [Dustin] Poirier and was saying, ‘What’s next for me?’” White said to Yahoo Sports (via MMA Fighting). “I said, ‘Well, we can get you a fight with Al Iaquinta.’ Reached out to Al, Al was interested in the fight. But the reality is that right now Tony has a lot of personal problems that he needs to deal with. I don’t think that putting him in a fight right now would be in his best interest. He needs to handle his personal stuff first.”
The fighter has also stated that he is starting to get the help that is needed, while also thanking the UFC for helping out.
There is no word yet on when the former champion will return to action, with his last bout taking place last year at UFC 229.