UFC 216: Tony Ferguson vs Kevin Lee
UFC 216 Preview
While UFC 215 was an anti-climatic event that never reached its full potential after Ray Borg pulled out of his headline bout against Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson less than 48 hours before the fight, the upcoming UFC 216: Ferguson vs. Lee card figures to be a thriller with a handful of intriguing matchups that look like they’re going to produce highly entertaining outcomes.
This preview of the top three fights on the UFC 216 card will give you the insight you’ll need in order to enjoy this event at its fullest.
Paige VanZant (7-3) vs. Jessica Eye (11-6)
The first thing you need to know about this matchup is that 23-year-old Paige VanZant is so attractive that the UFC is rumored to be considering setting her up to be a full-time spokesmodel and no longer a fighter. VanZant has lost two of her last three fights and comes into UFC 216 off a first round submission loss (rear-naked choke) against Michelle Waterson at UFC on FOX in December.
On the flip side of the coin, 31-year-old Jessica Eye is a complete mess right now having lost four straight fights and five of six overall since making her UFC debut in February of 2014.
Eye comes into this fight off of a disappointing split decision loss against Bethe Correia at UFC 203 last September and has suffered all four of her most recent losses via decision including her unanimous decision loss to former bantamweight champ Miesha Tate in July of 2015.
Personally, I’m just hoping that Eye doesn’t lay a finger on Paige VanZant, who, if I were her manager, would be walking down runways instead of putting her pretty face in the way of danger.
Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1) vs. Derrick Lewis (18-5)
40-year-old Fabricio Werdum has lost two of his last three fights and comes into UFC 216 off a humbling decision loss in July loss to Alistair Overeem.
Outside the Octagon, UFC President Dana White publicly ripped the former champ following his loss to Overeem.
"He let's it go to the judges so he can't be upset about that. The fight was there to win. [Overeem] was standing up and out on his feet and [Werdum] was hitting him with shots at will and he double legs him and lays on him for the rest of the fight. What are you mad about?"
Then there’s the rumors about Werdum from former ‘friend’ Ramzan Kadyrov about the former champ being involved in some sort of strange ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya.
Making matters worse is the fact that Werdum will be taking on a powerful puncher in Derrick Lewis and one that should be very hungry after having his six-fight winning streak snapped via a fourth round TKO (punches) loss against Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night in June. Werdum has the bigger ‘name’ in this bout, but Lewis is dangerous with a capital ‘D’.
Tony Ferguson (22-3) vs. Kevin Lee (16-2)
33-year-old No. 2 lightweight contender was supposed to face No. 1 contender Khabib Nurmagomedov, but a match between the two was scrapped for a third time so now, Ferguson will take on Kevin Lee.
Ferguson has won an impressive nine straight fights and beat Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision back at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 in November.
The 25-year-old Lee, also known as the ‘Motown Phenom’ looks a bit dangerous despite being ranked seventh and enters UFC 216 riding the wave of a five-fight winning streak that includes three straight rear-naked choke victories including his last win over Michael Chiesa, a first round win at UFC Fight Night in June.
The winner of this bout would love to get a shot at reigning lightweight champ Conor McGregor, but that may not happen as McGregor’s camp is now calling for a rubber match against Nate Diaz.
UFC 216 Ferguson vs. Lee
When: October 7, 2017
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Paige VanZant vs Jessica Eye
Walt Harris vs Mark Godbeer
Beneil Dariush vs Evan Dunham
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg — Johnson def. Borg by submission (armbar) at 3:15 of Round Five
Werdum def. Harris by submission (armbar) at 1:05 of Round One.
Borella def. Faria by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:54 of Round One.
Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham — Majority draw (29-28, 28-28 x2).
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