UFC star Tony Ferguson avoids surgery on broken orbital bone after brutal Justin Gaethje beating – The Sun

BATTERED UFC star Tony Ferguson will not need surgery on his broken eye socket.

Medical chiefs have given the fighter the OK after his bruising defeat to Justin Gaethje in Jacksonville, Florida, last weekend.

The American suffered a fifth-round TKO in his lightweight clash after Gaethje dominated from the first bell.

He went to hospital with horrific facial injuries.

At one point, Gaethje's corner appeared to tell their man to go easy on Ferguson.

It was feared Ferguson would need an operation to repair the orbital, around the eye socket.

But after X-rays and tests, doctors have said that will not be necessary now.

Ferguson withstood an astonishing amount of punishment at the UFC 249 clash, as the sport returned in the US after a long absence due to coronavirus.

"El Cucuy" is now set to return to the octagon earlier than expected.


But his proud 12-match unbeaten record lies in tatters.

Gaethje was only stepping in for the fight after Khabib Nurmagomedov surprisingly pulled out in April.

He postponed the original match on April 18 so Gaethje was a very late replacement.

 

In a real Rocky Balboa-like story, Gaethje can now make a big name for himself in UFC.

And Gaethje immediately wants a match-up with Nurmagomedov.

The UFC 249 bill was due to include Jacare Souza but he was forced to pull out after contracting Covid-19 the day before his fight.

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