Kevin Lee and Tony Ferguson are set to headline UFC 216 as the two will fight for the UFC interim lightweight title. There is also another title fight on the card as Demetrious Johnson will look to set a UFC record and surpass Anderson Silva for the most consecutive UFC title defenses, taking on Ray Borg in the co-main event.
Interestingly, Johnson and Borg were set to headline UFC 215 but the bout was canceled just days before the fight date with Borg being sick and deemed unfit to compete by doctors.
With the potentially historic UFC title fight with Johnson and Borg being the co-main event, Kevin Lee was asked by Bloody Elbow what his thoughts were on being in the main event over the number 1 UFC ranked pound-for-pound fighter.
“I think that’s the way it should be. The UFC knows that… Look, Demetrious if anything, Demetrious should be thanking me. He’s getting pay-per-view points for the first time in his career, and it’s going to be because of me. So, if anything, I’m looking for a lil’ Christmas gift from Demetrious… I think the demand is definitely out here, more for this fight, than especially Demetrious vs. Ray Borg. I mean come on. Demetrious has to give it up to me. I’m putting money in his pocket; how can he be upset? When we do the press conference, and I’m sitting right next to him, I’ll let him know.”
As for his own fight against Ferguson, Lee says he is eager to show fans what he has to bring to the Octagon.
“I’m excited for it. The one thing about that Chiesa fight, I was upset that I didn’t get to show more. It wasn’t even my gameplan to take him down really. I kind of wanted to show a little bit more to the fans, and show a little more to the people. I think people are excited to see more out of me, and I’m excited to show it to them. Tony, he can take a shot. He can keep moving. He even scrambles well on the ground. I feel like we will have a lot of different exchanges, a lot of momentum. I’m excited for it.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 9/28/2017.