Ferguson and Lee are fighting for the interim belt due to champion Conor McGregor not having fought since he captured the title from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 last November. Instead of defending the championship, McGregor entered the world of boxing, losing to Floyd Mayweather by 10th round TKO in August.
Last week, in a Q&A in Ireland, McGregor stated he was interested in facing the winner of the UFC 216 main event which has put an added significance to the fight.
Ferguson, 33, (23-3) is rolling into UFC 216, winning nine consecutive fights, six by stoppage. The drawback to “El Cucuy’s” run is he hasn’t competed since last November’s win over former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. 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. Ferguson was insistent on having to fight for the title since he’s ranked No. 2 in the UFC lightweight rankings.
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Johnson and Borg were originally supposed face-off at last month’s UFC 215. Unfortunately, two days before the event, Borg got pulled due to illness and the fight was rescheduled for UFC 216.
If victorious, Johnson, 31, (26-2-1) if victorious would break the record for most consecutive titles defenses in the UFC, which is currently held by Anderson Silva at 10. A win would also extend his unbeaten streak to 13.
Borg, 24, (11-2) earned the title opportunity by winning back-to-back fights, most recently by unanimous decision over Jussier Formiga back in March.