UFC 216, Ferguson vs Lee Live, LAS VEGAS – Tony Ferguson said he respects Kevin Lee for his willingness to compete against him in the UFC 216 headliner, but that’s where the courteous words stop.
Ferguson (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) meets Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 216 main event, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass. The fight will decide the next interim UFC lightweight champion, a spot El Cucuy” has been pursuing for quite some time. Ferguson vs Lee Live, UFC 216 Live
The Ultimate Fighter 13 winner believes he’s made it to the top of the 155-pound class by doing things the right way. His current nine-fight winning streak is the longest in divisional history, and that run includes notables such as ex-champion Rafael dos Anjos, Edson Barboza and Josh Thomson. Ferguson describes himself as the most real, from what he delivers in the octagon to his interview. He said he doesn’t view Lee in the same light. UFC 216 Live
I’m not fake, and I see this guy as fake, Ferguson told MMAjunkie at today’s UFC 216 media day. He’s trying to be something that he’s not. I know where you come from. I lived in the suburbs (of Michigan), too. Trust me, I know. We have people around the block. I don’t have to be fake. I’m probably one of the most real guys.
If Ferguson, No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, is able to get past No. 8-ranked Lee at UFC 216 and push his winning streak to 10, he would likely put himself in position for a title-unification match with UFC champion Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC).