While UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor enjoys his newly earned cash thanks to his boxing fight debut against undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather, Kevin Lee (16-2) and Tony Ferguson (22-3) will battle inside the octagon for the interim strap.
Lee and Ferguson will main event the upcoming UFC 216 scheduled for October 6 and available on pay-per-view. Also on the card, Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will defend his title against Roy Borg in the co-main event. If Johnson defeats Borg, he’ll break the record for most title defenses in the promotion. Johnson and Borg were set to fight at UFC 215 last month, but an illness two days before thebout scratched the challenger from the card.
Ferguson comes into the fight after the foe he wanted to face off, Khabib Nurmagomedov, has been unable to sign the dotted line. The two have been matched up to fight on three separate occasions, but with each fight not taking place.
Ferguson is known for his unorthodox fighting style, while Lee counts on his ground game. The fight is expected to bring fireworks, while McGregor’s name remains in the shadows.
I read here that the fight is going to be a close one: “Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee is a fantastic fight in the UFC’s lightweight division. Both men are on winning streaks and both bring well-rounded skills to the Octagon. While the betting lines currently favor Ferguson, this is really a pick’em fight. Both men are well balanced but Lee brings a ton of upper body strength and clearly holds the advantage in takedowns. Ferguson will use his unorthodox striking to try and win the fight standing up. In a coin flip, the ground game of Lee offers better value at +130.”
In the co-main event, Johnson has been itching to defend his title and break the record. The champion is by far the current pound-for-pound best fighter in mixed marital arts. He has defeated everyone in the UFC’s 125 –pound weight class so far.
There’s no doubt, Johnson’s accurate fighting game will launch him into the history books.