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If the UFC’s lightweight title picture wasn’t clouded enough already, it appears interim champ Tony Ferguson is now going to be on the shelf for a while.

Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC), who claimed the interim strap with a third-round submission of Kevin Lee at UFC 216 in October, has been clamoring for a unification bout with Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) as soon as possible.

Those plans are seemingly now on hold after Ferguson’s wife, Cristina Ferguson, revealed on social media that “El Cucuy” had undergone elbow surgery (via Instagram):

The severity of Ferguson’s injury and the timetable for his recovery are unknown. Ferguson currently is riding a 10-fight winning streak in the lightweight division and has asked McGregor to “defend or vacate” while he looks for the undisputed belt.

Everything is on halt now, though, especially after UFC President Dana White recently said he’s operating as if McGregor is never going to return to the UFC for another fight.

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The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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