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Tony Ferguson avoids orbital surgery after UFC 249 loss to Justin Gaethje

UFC 249 Ferguson v Gaethje Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Tony Ferguson recently received some good news: He won’t need to go under the knife.

The former interim lightweight champ suffered a fractured orbital bone in a brutal loss to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249, but his injury will not require surgery, his rep Jennifer Goldstein at Ballengee Group told MMA Fighting. The news on Ferguson’s health was first reported by MMA Junkie.

Ferguson has appeared to be in good spirits as he recovers from the bout, which was stopped in the fifth round when referee Herb Dean stepped in to stop him from taking punishment in the interim lightweight title bout. He posted a picture showing him dancing at the hospital and gave Gaethje credit for an impressive win.

Ferguson, who was transported to the hospital immediately after his loss, received a mandatory 60-day suspension from the Florida State Boxing Commission, which oversaw the event this past Saturday at VyStar Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.

Gaethje is now expected to meet undisputed champ Khabib Nurmagomedov in September. UFC President Dana White has said the long-awaited showdown between Ferguson and Nurmagomedov – which was canceled for a fifth time before Gaethje stepped in as a replacement at UFC 249 – is now on the back burner.

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