Kevin Lee initially misses weight ahead of UFC 216

Demetrious vs Ray Borg UFC 215

The main event on the show featured Kevin Lee notching a first-round submission win over Michael Chiesa. Mid-interview, Lee started screaming at Ferguson.

Ferguson's fight with Lee headlines UFC 216, which takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night, with the victor set to take on Conor McGregor.

Lee is 16-2 overall, won five consecutive bouts and nine of his last ten.

Tonight, the fighters will face off in front of a live crowd in Las Vegas.

I love this fight and I want to say up front that I think it could go either way.

"I was actually at a Walmart, and my wife had went to church, across the street from [the festival]", Ferguson told ESPN. I'm crushing every single workout. Both should be fixtures in the division once it gets up and rolling 100 per cent, and the victor of this one will have a solid head start on some of the athletes competing on Season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter. You're talking about the big, big guys in this division. "I like it because it brings me back home", Ferguson said. "He's a young punk".

"No matter what happens on Saturday, I'm going to walk away happy, knowing that I gave it my all".


This did not stop the #2 contender from competing, instead, accepting a fight against former champion Rafael Dos Anjos in Mexico City. This "Fight of the Night" victor occurred in December of 2015, with "El Cucuy" taking on fellow top contender Edson Barboza. Meanwhile, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (125) and challenger Ray Borg (124) met their mandatory weight requirements without incident at Friday's official weigh-in. Check out the clip and be sure to pre-order UFC 216.

What are your thoughts on Ferguson's comments suggesting that McGregor doesn't want to fight him?

"Saturday is going to be unbelievable; it's going to be awesome", said Ferguson. Now the question I always get is about defending the belt and legitimising the sport and the rankings. It's a UFC belt. He's a very well rounded fighter.

For me, the former Ultimate Fighter victor is more seasoned, more savvy and more gritty.

As Lee added, "I'm going to be in the biggest fight of my life, but there are other things in the world".

Steven Muehlhausen is an MMA and boxing writer and contributor for Sporting News.

In the immediate aftermath of his bout with Nurmagomedov being scuttled for a third time, questions about when the former Ultimate Fighter victor would return to action and whom he would face were plentiful.

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