Looks like the lightweight division will get some clarification. The promotion of the interim fight title between the two top lightweight contenders, Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee, is on for UFC 216 on October 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dana White president of UFC, publicized that the match to a group of journalists after the sixth segment of Tuesday night’s Dana White contender series. Heidi Fang was first to report the news.
Ariel Helwani from MMA fighting said Monday that fight had been agreed but had not yet been formally signed. However from this point there is not turning back so we can assume the fight will be going ahead.
Ferguson, the No. 1 contender for the 155-pound weight category, was due to fight against the untouchable Khabib Nurmagomedov earlier this year at UFC 209, but Nubia was canceled when Nurmagomedov was taken to Hospital during his weight cut. You may remember last November Ferguson fought, when former champion Light Rafael dos Anjos was outpointed in the main event of the Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3. Ferguson on a straight nine fight win is impressive.
Meanwhile, Lee, who ranks seventh in the division, a controversial submission win over Michael Chiesa in June at Fight Night 112. The 24-year-old Detroit fighter is 16-2 in his fight career that including his last five fight win in a row.
Now that the interim title is on the line while Mcgregor is out for a few months due to his fight with Mayweather, Tony and Kevin will fight to determine who is going to be battle the champion.