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Dana White Reports Tony Ferguson Will Fight Kevin Lee, Not Khabib Nurmagomedov, For Interim Belt

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Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s paths likely won’t cross in 2017.

For months, there’s been speculation about when the two lightweight contenders will finally battle, but on Tuesday, Dana White reported that Ferguson’s going to fight Kevin Lee next. The fight will go down on October 7th at UFC 216, and will be for an interim lightweight belt.

What about Khabib?  According to White the vaunted grappler is still getting back to 100%, after undergoing surgery. Nurmagomedov was booked to fight Ferguson at UFC 209 in March, but the day before, he withdrew due to medical issues.

Lee is currently ranked #7 at 155, so, this news might be catching  a few people by surprise. The rising lightweight, however, has won five in a row. Ferguson, who has won nine straight, is sitting in the #2 spot, and the undefeated Nurmagomedov is ranked #1.

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