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UFC 216: Kevin Lee gets extension to make weight

07 Octubre 2017, 04:38 | Cornelio Vivanco

UFC 216: Kevin Lee gets extension to make weight

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"On Episode 4 of UFC 216 Embedded, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson shops for suits and studio equipment".

Johnson, nicknamed "Mighty Mouse", is tied with MMA legend Anderson Silva with 10 consecutive title defenses, which Silva accomplished in the middleweight division. "A lot of people don't understand that a lot of the champions and big fighters make most of their money on these big mega cards". The event is headlined by Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee, who will fight for the Lightweight Interim Title.

While not abundant, a few circumstances explain this questionable decision.


"It's weird", Lee said at a UFC 216 media event.

With the drama that was the action and fallout of UFC 214, Mayweather-McGregor and the impending wave of excitement that UFC 217 will bring, it is easy to see why this weekend's card has flown under the radar, although it deserves far more attention than it is getting. A last-minute addition to a card that had all but been finalized, it's understandable why the UFC would prefer to keep its original promise to Ferguson and Lee despite the changes in circumstances.

UFC star Tony Ferguson will dedicate his Saturday fight in Las Vegas to the victims of the tragic recent shooting but is still shocked the event is going ahead.

Ferguson to secure the win and become the lightweight champion elect, as McGregor remains on the sidelines.


I love this fight and I want to say up front that I think it could go either way. "I'm going to a place no man has ever gone before". So you know what, why? "You can rely on hard work, determination and the pursuit of happiness - that's what it's all about". He doesn't want to fight nobody, really. "I'm gonna be always the main event". He weighed in at 124 pounds, one pound under the championship limit.

Weighing in covered only by a white towel, Lee (16-2) thought he'd made weight as Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett slid the metal balance down toward 155. Many believe that the interim-title shot he has been given, however, could well be a case of "too-much, too-soon" and in facing Ferguson, he has been pegged to take on perhaps the worst stylistic match-up out there for him right now, with the exception of Khabib Nurmagomedov, perhaps. Fast forward a month later - suddenly that understanding is lost.

And McGregor feels that employing top officials - out of his own pocket - showed he respected boxing more than some people in the sport respected him. It's not about title fights anymore.




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