The card is top heavy. But, even with the UFC's decision to continue on, the main event might have nearly been cancelled as Ferguson's family nearly found themselves in the line of fire. Check out the clip and be sure to pre-order UFC 216. Lee full live results and fight stats on Saturday with the first fight scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET / 3:15 p.m. PT.
Based on TV ratings and reported pay-for-view buys, UFC fans have never exactly warmed up to the smallest men's division and the 31-year-old phenom who has ruled the 125-pounders for five years with his speed, agility, elusiveness and cardio. "He's mentally weak, like half the roster in the UFC", Ferguson said at a UFC 216 media luncheon. Lee, ask your TV provider.
With the drama that was the action and fallout of UFC 214, Mayweather-McGregor and the impending wave of excitement that UFC 217 will bring, it is easy to see why this weekend's card has flown under the radar, although it deserves far more attention than it is getting.
Demetrious Johnson (-1200) vs.
When incidents like the bathroom one occur, it is to build up interest in a fight. Ferguson has a nine-fight win streak coming into the bout, and the victor could ultimately fight against megastar Conor McGregor to unify the belt. The drawback to "El Cucuy's" run is he hasn't competed since last November's win over former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. A lot of bad blood and bold statements from Lee amped up the fight and he went on to finish him via a rear-naked choke and will most likely be one of very few men who will ever take Chiesa's back and choke him.
Kevin Lee's coach is not concerned about the heavy weight cut affecting his fighter's performance ahead of UFC 216.
Lee, 25, (16-2) is on a similar streak, winning five consecutive bouts with four via stoppage.
Kevin Lee will be taking on Tony Ferguson (October 7) in a fight which has sparked much controversy and debate within the MMA community over the past few months.
If Lee is able to pull off a huge upset against Ferguson and earn his way to the "money fight" in MMA today against McGregor, the build-up to the fight should prove to be quite interesting given Lee and McGregor's ability on the microphone.
Of course, while it's good news that the fight is going ahead, the entire ordeal once again brought into focus the fact that the lengths fighters go to in order to make weight are incredibly unsafe.
Johnson is a monster -1200 favorite (bet $1200 to win $100), with Borg listed as a +700 underdog (bet $100 to win $700) at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.
The fight was supposed to take place at UFC 215 in September, but the UFC doctors called it off two nights before due to Borg contracting a flu virus.
Finally, it seems Demetrious Johnson will get the opportunity to surpass Anderson Silva's record of consecutive title defences in Las Vegas.
For the battle-tested veteran, being creative in the cage is a byproduct of years of hard work in the gym, drilling the basics and committing the fundamentals to muscle memory, and Saturday's interim title fight is just the next logical step in his career progression.