Demetrious Johnson chasing an unprecedented 11th title defense and a headline fight that could decide Conor McGregor's next opponent top a UFC 216 card set for Saturday in Las Vegas, an event playing out in a city still reeling from a mass shooting in which 58 people were killed and almost 500 were injured. Flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson puts his belt on the line against Ray Borg in the co-headliner. When I feel most alive is during a fight and in the cage.
With the drama that was the action and fallout of UFC 214, Mayweather-McGregor and the impending wave of excitement that UFC 217 will bring, it is easy to see why this weekend's card has flown under the radar, although it deserves far more attention than it is getting.
Tony Ferguson has been in this position before, standing on the precipice of fighting for the interim UFC lightweight title. Ferguson, who has yet to compete in 2017, rides a lengthy, nine-fight winning streak into the title affair. Ferguson, meanwhile, is the second-ranked lightweight contender to Conor McGregor behind the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee square off Saturday night from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for the interim lightweight title and a possible date with Conor McGregor to unify the belts in 2018. His persona outside the octagon has certainly led fans to believe he has the potential to be a star. If Lee needed any more confidence, this win entitled him to call out and exchange numerous heated words with Ferguson. That fight was supposed to headline UFC 215 last month but Borg dropped out the day of the contest citing illness.
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If the challenger's task wasn't hard enough, he will have a three-inch reach deficit to Johnson.
Before that flyweight title fight takes place, two heavyweights will duke it out when former champion Fabricio Werdum (-260) faces Derrick Lews (+200).
Frenchman Tom Duquesnoy has widely been touted over in the UK & Ireland for several years with his domination of two divisions at BAMMA. Nurmagomedov was hospitalised due to weight-cutting related issues and a clip of him eating tiramisu on the Countdown show promoting the fight went viral after he was pulled from the card.