Tony Ferguson (22-3) and Kevin Lee (16-2) will compete for the interim lightweight championship at UFC 216 in October. UFC President Dana White announced the news on Tuesday.
UFC 216 will be held on Oct. 7 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. An official bout order for the event has not yet been finalized.
Ferguson is presently ranked No. 2 in the 155-pound division and is riding an impressive nine-fight winning streak. The TUF 13 winner most recently won a unanimous decision over former champ Rafael dos Anjos last November and prior to that had submitted Lando Vannata in July of last year.
“El Cucuy” has won six fight-night bonuses in his last five fights, doubling up with “Performance of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” for his submission win over Edson Barboza in Dec. 2015. Ferguson has finished nine of his 22 wins by knockout and eight by submission.
Lee is ranked No. 7 in the division and is riding a five-fight winning streak. “The Motown Phenom” last fought in June when he submitted TUF 15 winner Michael Chiesa at UFC Fight Night 112, earning “Performance of the Night” honors in the process.
Before that Lee had racked up wins over Francisco Trinaldo, Magomed Mustafaev, Jake Matthews and Efrain Escudero. Now 9-2 during his UFC tenure, Lee has finished eight of his 16 career wins via submission and one by knockout.
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