With the UFC lightweight title being defended this Saturday night at UFC 229 when Khabib Nurmagomedov meets Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson has a perfect opportunity make a statement.

Ferguson returns for the first time since late last year when he faces Anthony Pettis in the co-main event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

In his last fight, the former Ultimate Fighter winner claimed the interim UFC lightweight title, besting Kevin Lee for his 10th consecutive victory. During that run, he has bested the likes of former champion Rafael dos Anjos, Josh Thomson and Edson Barboza.

Now, with the spotlight on the 155-pound division, Ferguson wants nothing more than to add Pettis’ name to his resume.

UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor Fight Card

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Lightweight Championship
Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) vs. Conor McGregor

Lightweight: Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis

Light Heavyweight: Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes

Heavyweight: Alexander Volkov vs. Derrick Lewis

Strawweight: Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Flyweight: Jussier Formiga vs. Sergio Pettis

Welterweight: Vicente Luque vs. Jalin Turner

Female Bantamweight: Aspen Ladd vs. Tonya Evinger

Lightweight: Scott Holtzman vs. Alan Patrick

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Female Bantamweight: Lina Lansberg vs. Yana Kunitskaya

Lightweight: Gray Maynard vs. Nik Lentz

Welterweight: Ryan LaFlare vs. Tony Martin