Prior to his forthcoming match against Paddy Pimblett at UFC 296 on Dec 16, former UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson has recently received legal verdict regarding his DUI charges.
In a ruling by Judge Shannon K. Cooley from the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California, a decision was reached based on a plea agreement mutually negotiated between the prosecution and defense.
According to online court records, this resolution resulted in the dismissal of a misdemeanor DUI charge against Ferguson. Instead, Ferguson entered a nolo contendere plea for a misdemeanor charge related to wet reckless driving on a highway. Consequently, Ferguson is required to undergo a one year under probation.
The terms of probation encompass strict guidelines, including refraining from driving under the influence of any measurable amount of alcohol. Additionally, Ferguson is obligated to fulfill restitution obligations to the victim, among other specified conditions.
Ferguson faced arrest on May 7 after reportedly colliding his truck with two parked cars outside a Hollywood nightclub. Fortunately, no injuries were reported as confirmed by a police spokesperson. Ferguson entered a not-guilty plea at first.
Despite these legal proceedings, Tony Ferguson remains focused on his return to the Octagon against Paddy Pimblett on December 15 at UFC 296 in Las Vegas. This bout marks Ferguson’s opportunity to break free from a recent six-bout losing streak.
Popuar welterweight contender Gilbert Burns has voiced his support for Paddy Pimblett in the upcoming UFC 296 clash against Tony Ferguson.
Having spent time in Liverpool which is Pimblett’s hometown, Burns visited the Next Generation MMA gym following his attendance at the Everton-Liverpool game. Witnessing Pimblett’s skills and dedication firsthand, Burns expressed his admiration for the Scouser in an interview with talkSPORT.com.
Burns said: “Paddy is very good. I think just because of his personality and because he got so famous people hate on him, but he’s legit, and he’s very good. I just saw Tony Ferguson is training with David Goggins for this fight, which makes it even more entertaining.”
Burns emphasized Pimblett’s prowess, citing his genuine talent in wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and continued improvement in striking. He praised Pimblett’s capabilities and foresees a competitive matchup against Ferguson, tipping Pimblett to emerge victorious.
He continued: “Paddy is for real. Paddy has legit wrestling, legit jiu-jitsu [and] is getting better in the striking… I’m a fan. I like the guy; he treated me super good and I’m looking forward to his next fight. Tough fight. I think he can [beat Ferguson]. It’s a close fight but I think he can.”