In the main event, two of the best lightweights in the world will slug it out for the interim strap. Ferguson said it didn't feel appropriate to exchange insults through the media given the circumstances, and Lee mostly agreed.
Ferguson, who has won his last nine fights, felt as though he was robbed of a well-deserved title shot last November at the Madison Square Garden when Eddie Alvarez welcomed Conor McGregor to the lightweight division. At the UFC 216 weigh-ins in Las Vegas, the lightweight, competing for an interim title against Tony Ferguson Saturday, was a pound over the 155lb title fight limit for the weight class. He was set to face Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 209, but Nurmagomedov got pulled the day before the fight having gone to a hospital due to a weight cutting issue.
"I am just so surprised that they are allowing this fight". "He says way too much".
"I'm going to go out there and I'm going to finish him".
"I had a boxing referee in Ireland, a great boxing referee in Ireland and then Joe Cortez in Vegas, every single spar", McGregor said. And I would venture to say Tony's probably not a lot smaller at this point. "Talking doesn't do anything when fists are flying at you". "My brother-in-law hit me up and said he'd heard from dispatch about the shootings and for me to be careful". I was literally walking to the bathroom and he's talking s-.
When incidents like the bathroom one occur, it is to build up interest in a fight.
Two respected lightweight veterans clash in the main card opener here, with Dunham riding a wave of momentum thanks to a four-fight winning streak, while by contrast Dariush is coming off a KO loss. Ray Borg for the flyweight title. "It's his mindset that drives him through a lot of these fights", Lee said.
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. "Defend or vacate. The belt belongs in the UFC".
Johnson's first UFC fight - a unanimous decision over Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto - was at UFC 126, which was headlined by Silva and his highlight-reel frontkick KO of Vitor Belfort in early 2011. He's not a guy who is going to be broken or get down on the cards and suddenly start fighting not to get finished.