The main story going into UFC 216 has to be the main event Interim Lightweight title bout between Kevin Lee and Tony Ferguson. Despite Demetrious Johnson attempting to break the record for most consecutive title defenses tonight against Ray Borg the trash talking of the lightweights has stole the attention of everyone at home. The two Grand Valley State University wrestlers have had an ongoing beef with each other stemming from an interview done after Kevin Lee defeated Michael Chiesa.
Since then there have been multiple confrontations between both fighters in the lead up to UFC 216. After a roller coaster of a ride during the weigh-ins yesterday both guys are hours away from scrapping it out in the main event.
Many people have went on record saying Lee is biting off more than he can chew with proven lightweight Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson who is has ran through just about the whole entire lightweight division. Ferguson has rattled off nine straight wins in the lightweight division including defeating former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos and top 5 contender Edson Barbosa on his climb up the division.
The implications of this fight are huge! Many would call it possibly the lottery ticket to an eventual massive fight with current Lightweight champion Conor McGregor. In his recent press conference “An Evening with The Notorious Conor McGregor” Conor mentioned how he was waiting to see what happened in tonights UFC 216 main event before making a decision on what is next in his career. With a win for either guy it could put them in the limelight that comes with a Conor McGregor fight.
Think deeper though when has fighting Tony Ferguson ever really been a discussion for the next possible fight for Conor. Ever since Conor captured the Lightweight title at UFC 205 against Eddie Alvarez, Tony Ferguson has been one of the top guys in the lightweight division. Does Conor see the possible drawing power or flashy stardom that Kevin Lee brings to the table? A dramatic win for either guy could cement their case for a fight with Conor McGregor come early 2018, but only time will tell.