Tony Ferguson became the UFC’s interim lightweight champion in the headliner of tonight’s UFC 216 event in Las Vegas by scoring a third-round submission victory over Kevin Lee.
Here is how the pros reacted to Tony Ferguson’s title claiming victory:
— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) October 8, 2017
Congratulations! Well deserved my friend @TonyFergusonXT great work !
— Yair Rodriguez (@panteraufc) October 8, 2017
I think it's an easy win for @TheNotoriousMMA
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) October 8, 2017
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) October 8, 2017
Nice fight guys! Great build up. And great show! #UFC216
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 8, 2017
Tony Ferguson has done it. What a journey and what a streak of his own. Cant wait for his interview.
— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) October 8, 2017
I am about to run this shit
— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) October 8, 2017
Get the full Ferguson vs. Lee fight recap below.
Round one begins and Kevin Lee comes forward and lands a head kick. Tony shakes it off and circles out. Kevin lands a nice right hand over the top. Ferguson with a low kick. Kevin just misses with another right hand. Tony leaps in and lands a kick to the body. Lee charges forward with a right. He lands another right that knocks Ferguson to the floor. Tony pops back up and cracks Lee coming in. Kevin goes down to one knee and then gets back up. Good start to this one. Lee with a nice left hook. Ferguson comes forward with a front kick. Lee shoots in and scores a takedown. Ferguson tries to sweep but Lee winds up on top. Ferguson utilizing rubber guard. He looks for a should lock but Lee escapes and winds up on top and in full guard. Lee with some ground and pound from the top. Lee moves to north-south position. One minute remains. Lee moves to mount and begins raining down some big shots on Ferguson. Huge elbows and now punches from the mount. Lee is all over him. Round one comes to an end.
Round two begins and Ferguson charges forward with a right hand over the top. He lands a nice high kick that hits the arms of Kevin. Ferguson lands teep kick. Lee responds with a hard low kick. Kevin circles out and then just misses with a right hand. Ferguson lands a stiff right jab. Lee lands a nice kick to the body. Kevin shoots in but Tony sprawls and avoids the takedown. Ferguson pressing forward now. He lands a straight right. Lee responds with an outside low kick. Tony is finding a home for his right hand now. Both men connect with right jabs. Lee with a nice left hand. Ferguson with an elbow. Another left hook lands for Lee. He follows that up with a big right hand. Both fighters land hard right hands. Lee backs off. He steps forward with a kick to the body. Tony with a left hand. Lee shoots in for a takedown. It is not there. Tony pressing forward now. He eats a body kick. Tony fires back with a kick of his own. Round two comes to an end.
Round three begins and Tony lands a kick to the body. Lee shoots in and scores a double leg takedown. This after Tony clearly grabbed the fence. Lee working some solid body shots from full guard here. Ferguson pushes him off and gets back up to his feet. Lee with a kick to the body. Ferguson continues to press the action. Lee told his corner in round two that he was tired and it is showing. Lee just misses with a head kick. He scores with a kick to the body. Lee shoots in and scores another takedown. Ferguson locks in an armbar. It is deep. Somehow Lee is able to step over and escape. Excellent job from “The MoTown Phenom” who winds up in full guard. Tony with some shots form the bottom. He locks in a triangle choke. Lee is forced to tapout. Wow!