On October 6, 155-pound fighters Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson and Kevin Lee will square off in a battle for the UFC Interim Lightweight Championship. But even more importantly, this will be a fight that could decide Lightweight Champion and UFC phenom Conor McGregor’s next opponent.
With a 23-0 record and having not lost a fight since 2012, Ferguson stands in as the favorite for his matchup against a slightly less successful fighter in Kevin Lee. With a 16-2 record and a 42% lower knockout percentage than Ferguson, “The Motown Phenom” continues to try and make a better name for himself as a skilled lightweight contender. In his last fight against fellow lightweight Michael Chiesa we were only given a glimpse of Lee’s abilities after a rear-naked choke forced referee Mario Yamasaki to call it in the first round. The controversial ending to an anticipated fight like Lee vs. Chiesa had UFC fans and fighters questioning the true damage that the Detroit native is capable of. On October 6, these questions will finally be answered.
After several attempts at a fight between Ferguson and his undefeated rival Khabib Nurmagomedov failed, it began to feel like it was fate that Lee would get the chance to go head to head with “El Cucuy.” Now with two fighters with good track records when it comes to successful weigh-ins, there’s little reason to doubt that this fight will happen. While both men specialize in boxing and wrestling their styles are described as unorthodox making this something that should be interesting to UFC fans.
With a nine-fight win streak on the line Ferguson looks to use his superior submission skills to defeat Lee. With 8 wins from submissions alone and only one loss, Lee certainly has his work cut out for him. However, with a 74% rate of avoiding takedowns, Lee is not as much of an underdog as some of us would like to think. At a younger age and with more to prove I would say his chances of winning are not that unlikely. This is why I am predicting a TKO over Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson in the third round and hopefully a date between Lee and the champ, Conor McGregor in the near future.
UFC 216: Fight Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
How To Watch UFC 216 Online & Mobile
The UFC 216 Main Card will begin at 10:00 P.M. EST and can be watched online via PPV and is available on one’s mobile devices as well as televisions via cable subscription.
UFC Fight Pass
The UFC 216 fight card begins at 6:30 PM EST and can be watched online with UFC Fight Pass on UFC.TV. It’s a subscription service which offers one-month, six-month and 12-month subscription options to Fight Pass. Alternatively, we suggest starting a free trial which expires in 30 days.
Mobile users are able to watch the preliminary card on the free UFC app (iTunes Store| Google Play Store). Watching it on the app this way requires a UFC Fight Pass subscription. See above for more information on that.
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UFC 216 Fight Card
Main Card (10:00 P.M. EST on PPV)
Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg
Fabricio Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis
Mara Romero Borella vs. Kalindra Faria
Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham
Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann
Will Brooks vs. Nick Lentz
Lando Vannata vs. Bobby Green
Pearl Gonzalez vs. Poliana Botelho
Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer
John Moraga vs. Magomed Bibulatov
Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares
Matt Schnell vs. Marco Beltran