The ultra-confident Kevin Lee will finally get his chance to cash in at UFC 216 on Oct. 7 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, when he takes on Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight championship.
While UFC 216 will also feature a flyweight title bout pitting current champion Demetrious Johnson against top contender Ray Borg, Ferguson vs. Lee will serve as the main event of the evening.
“I think that’s the way it should be,” Lee said in a recent interview with Bloody Elbow. “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.”
Remember, Johnson vs. Borg was originally slated for UFC 215 earlier this month, but was scratched from its main event slot after “Tazmexican” pulled out due to illness. Pair Borg’s recent title fight fallout with Johnson’s proven inability to sell PPV cards and it’s to easy to see why the promotion is choosing Ferguson vs. Lee as UFC 216’s headliner.
“I think the demand is definitely out here, more for this fight, than especially Demetrious vs. Ray Borg,” Lee explained. “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.”
UFC 216 will mark the biggest fight of Lee’s career up until this point. The young lightweight has won five in a row to get here, including a controversial submission victory over Michael Chiesa his last time out, and is already looking past his interim title fight with “El Cucuy.”
“I got even bigger plans than this,” Lee said. “This is just the beginning. Once I get that gold strap, it’s just the beginning. I’m telling you, I just turned 25 years old, I still got 10 more years in this game.”