Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee are primed and ready to throw down at UFC 216 on Oct. 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the interim Lightweight strap, perhaps securing a title unification bout against division champion Conor McGregor somewhere down the line.
There are some folks within the 155-pound weight class who aren’t too excited about “El Cucuy” and “The Motown Phenom” vying for the interim strap, as former division kingpin Eddie Alvarez tells UFC Unfiltered at this point, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is just throwing shit at the wall to see if it sticks.
Which all goes back to McGregor’s lack of fighting inside the Octagon.
“It seems like with the interim belt, and the guys that are fighting for the interim belt, it just seems like they are throwing shit at the wall and hope it sticks. It seems that is where we are. I mean, the champion is not fighting, so these are the things you have to do while you wait. So we’re just trying to make a matchup here. In the meantime, me and Justin Gaethje is the biggest matchup in the lightweight division, the most exciting, even before this interim belt with these guys who are fighting. Me and Justin will be the most exciting fight in the division in the next couple of months until the champion comes back to defend the belt. So, right now were just buying time and trying to make a move becasue we are all going to be chasing after him.”
Alvarez and Gaethje are currently opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 26, and will collide at UFC 218 on Sat., Dec. 2, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan (details here).
The winner will likely set himself up for a No. 1 contender fight, or perhaps even a shot at the winner of Lee vs. Ferguson should “Notorious” decide to sit on the sidelines a little while longer.