8-ranked lightweight fighter, according to ESPN, comes into this title fight on a five-fight winning streak dating to April 2016, with the last three victories coming by way of rear-naked choke.
Lee, although not as high in the official rankings as Ferguson, will be a man fighting with confidence come fight night.
The weigh-ins were held between 10 and 11 a.m. this morning, and Lee showed up at the last minute, stripped naked, and was 156 pounds, putting the fight in jeopardy.
Two championships will be up for grabs this weekend with the interim lightweight title bout between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee set to determine the next opponent for Conor McGregor when he returns to the octagon.
Nurmagomedov's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, told The Times on Friday that Nurmagomedov can be ready to fight the victor of Ferguson-Lee at UFC 219 in Las Vegas in late December. That's what I think Malki wants to focus on: trying to get me on big cards.
"Aside from the bulls***, I know he's a good athlete and a gamer and he's going to bring everything that he can, but I want it more than him", he said of Lee. I'm crushing every single workout. There's no one pound leeway in title fights, so in order to be eligible for the belt, he must tip the scales at 155 lbs or lower.
"It's very intellectual. The reason why you guys say it's weird is because you don't understand it", Ferguson said. He proved to possess an even wilder style than top contender Tony Ferguson, and the pair engaged in a brawl so exhilarating that it nearly defies description. "He's a young punk". I was literally walking to the bathroom and he's talking s-.
This did not stop the #2 contender from competing, instead, accepting a fight against former champion Rafael Dos Anjos in Mexico City.
The victor of the UFC 216 is in line to face champion Conor McGregor, who stated last week he will be watching the fight closely. The fight was made shortly after that.
Having said that, I'm picking Ferguson. "Defend or vacate. The belt belongs in the UFC. I fight so that he doesn't have to".
As Lee added, "I'm going to be in the biggest fight of my life, but there are other things in the world".