Ferguson will face Lee for the interim lightweight title on Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada. While Lee has been tapped for the opportunity thanks in large part to a five fight winning streak, “El Cucuy” has won nine bouts in a row. Not only that, but during that time Ferguson outscored former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos for the decision win, and since then, the latter’s moved up to welterweight. Ferguson also holds a submission win over fellow contender, Edson Barboza, during the run.
So, it’s not surprising that Ferguson is feeling pretty good about his abilities these days, and during the latest “UFC Tonight“, he told Lee the following (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“I told you you’ve got to market yourself the way you have to. You’re going to have to fight and you have to bleed a little. You marketed your way into this fight. I retired people and made them move classes. I ran out of asses to kick. I beat Khabib even before fighting him. It’s called mental warfare. You’ve got attitude problems. You’re just like that dude who’s never really cut it on the team.”
“I respect you. Absolutely. You’re an athlete. I’m not bringing any animosity to this. You’re already at a loss. You’re trying to mean mug me, stare me down. I’m just going to school you. You can have all that shiny stuff. It’s all fake.”
There you have it. Now, if you’ve been following the lead up to UFC 216, then you know Lee’s been talking a good game as well. “The Motown Phenom” has outright said that Ferguson is the toughest challenge right now at 155, but, Lee is also extremely confident that he’ll score an upset on Saturday.
If you’re wondering, Ferguson is the betting lines favorite for Saturday’s contest in the -210 to -275 range. Lee is the underdog in the +165 to +200 range. What are the odds that the winner verbally trashes Conor McGregor afterwards?
UFC 216 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena.