The top regularly fighting lightweight will be crowned when Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee face off at UFC 216. The Sportsbook earns himself the interim gold and an eventual date with champion Conor McGregor — presumably.
Ferguson opened as a -225 favorite with Lee coming back at +175 at online book Sportsbook. If the line remains this way, this will be only the third time during his UFC tenure that “The Motown Phenom” is an underdog.
Ferguson enters this bout riding a nine-fight winning streak with six of those coming via stoppage. “El Cucuy” is an aggressive fighter who likes to push the pace behind his long striking game. Ferguson’s technique and power are some of the best at 115 pounds but he has a bad tendency to get into slugfests. He was a high school and collegiate wrestler, which allows him to dictate where the fight takes place.
Lee has won each of his past five fights with the last four all coming via stoppage. “The Motown Phenom” is a super athlete with a massive reach for the division, both traits he uses well in the standup game. Though his striking isn’t the most versatile, his meat-and-potatoes approach works well with his natural gifts. Lee is a former collegiate wrestler who generally prefers to explode into a takedown and get on top of his opponent.