In an evening full of emotion, Tony Ferguson outlasted Kevin Lee and became the interim 155 pound UFC lightweight champ via triangle choke. This opens the door for a potential mega match-up with the notorious Conor McGregor. After Ferguson clinched the win, he grabbed the mic and challenged McGregor to a fight. Tony trashed talk Conor and said after the fight, “Where are you at McNuggets, you f#*@#n piece of s—, I’m going to kick your a#*. “You better come and f—— defend that belt. Defend or vacate it f——–. This is my time and my belt. Come and get this s**#.”
The win over Lee is the 10th straight win for Ferguson and he’s now a bonafide MMA superstar. Whether he gets a shot at Mcgregor remains to be seen. Conor might accept a fight with Ferguson, a big payday trilogy fight with Nate Diaz, or a return to boxing. Conor is the golden paycheck that just about every fighter is clamoring for. A match-up with Tony is a dangerous proposition for the Irish fighter. Ferguson is equally dangerous standing, with a reach that could give Conor serious trouble. On the ground, Tony has serious BJJ skills and can throw some wicked submissions from almost any position. Conor might just play it safe and go for the trilogy with Nate.
UFC president Dana White did confirm that McGregor is hinting at a return to the octagon, as early as December. For a promotion that has been hit hard in recent months by injuries and suspensions, that is good news for the UFC.
Many thought UFC 216 would be cancelled after Sunday’s mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay. Dana White decided the show must go on and thousands of die hard fight fans showed up. Also in the T-mobile arena were hundreds of victims and first responders, that were invited to the event, compliments of the UFC.
Several victims of the shooting tragedy were recognized along with a moment of silence to kick off the nights fights. Many people in attendance Saturday night were wearing “Vegas Strong T-shirts the UFC promoted. All proceeds from the sale of the merchandise will go to victims of the Mandalay Bay shooting. Saturday night, not only did Vegas stand strong, but the MMA community stood strong and put on a great show.