Top lightweight contender Tony Ferguson and rising star Kevin Lee stood toe-to-toe as main event competitors at UFC 216. Some rumors suggest that the UFC is going to use the interim title victor to lowball Nate in the negotiations for the trilogy fight.
"Where you at McNugget, you fucking piece of shit?" As far as championships go, Ferguson is the natural fight and given that McGregor has never defended a title in the UFC, that must be an itch he wants to scratch. McGregor warns that if Nate keeps making demands about the trilogy fight, he will go ahead and fight the victor of the interim title.
Result: Demetrius Johnson def. Ferguson landed some great shots and busted Lee's nose when Kevin walked in with an elbow. While it appeared to be tight, Lee stepped over and escaped the submission but found himself stuck in a triangle.
In the opening round, Ferguson flashed his unorthodox style early, while Lee launched a high kick.
"Lee did exactly what I expected", Ferguson said.
"I was saving my good material for him [McGregor]. He was slippery (when applying the finishing squeeze) but I just used textbook (skill)".
But Lee, who had bragged that he would be cutting 19 pounds (8.6kg) in 24 hours for weigh-in, then cut a confused figure as he hit the scales - fully naked - at 156 pounds.
He's maintained nearly total silence on his fighting future since losing via TKO in a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in August, and didn't break it for Ferguson.
Steven Muehlhausen: Spencer, this is a huge fight for both guys, the biggest of their careers.
Meanwhile, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson set a UFC record as he racked up his 11th-straight title defence. The finish came 3 minutes, 15 seconds into the round. He's lucky to even be getting this opportunity and shouldn't even be in there with Johnson considering what happened at UFC 215. "I was just playing around, but I've been doing that so many times in the gym". Whatever I'm going through doesn't take away from what he did.
A special message was also broadcast to the arena and the viewing public, with UFC president Dana White paying tribute and offering a message of support and defiance for the city the UFC calls home.
"There are no words to describe this week's tragedy in Las Vegas", White said.