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Tony Ferguson vs Kevin Lee For Interim UFC Belt

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(Tony Ferguson slaps on a guillotine choke, photo via the UFC's Facebook Page)

UFC president Dana White spoke recently with Brett Okamoto for ESPN, and said that Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee would fight for the Interim lightweight title at UFC 216 on October 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Three times the league had scheduled Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov and each time it fell through, most recently when ‘The Eagle’ suffered complications from a weight cut. White reported that Lee was in as Nurmagomedov was “not ready.”

Nurmagomedov: “I’m waiting for you in New York … just take this fight, everybody waiting your decision.”

Ferguson: “Your Informed @ufc U Are Not Well Enough To Fight Me At MSG, Turned Down The Fight On Your Behalf. Don’t Fool Your Fans.”

Nurmagomedov: “You don’t need my manager, I’m the one who fights with you. Take the fight or tell fans that you looking for easy way.”

Nurmagomedov may have his sights higher still. UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has mused about a fight between the pair in Russia later in the year.

UFC 216 card to date
Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee for interim lightweight title
Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata
Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham
Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares
Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga
Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell
Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
Jessica Eye vs. Paige VanZant

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Aaron Portier
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