UFC 216 Results: Tony Ferguson, Demetrious Johnson Shine In Vegas

New interim champ Tony Ferguson

"El Cucuy" is the promotion's interim lightweight champion after submitting Kevin Lee in the third round of their UFC 216 showdown in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Some rumors suggest that the UFC is going to use the interim title victor to lowball Nate in the negotiations for the trilogy fight.

Conor McGregor wants to fight again this year, UFC President Dana White said late Saturday night, identifying Tony Ferguson as the ideal opponent.

It seemed like history might repeat itself at UFC 216 when Kevin Lee struggled to make weight for their fight, but in the end he came in at 154.5 and the fight was on. He's never mentioned my name not one time. I'll ankle pick him.

Derrick Lewis was forced out of the fight earlier in the day after a back injury flared up and Harris agreed to move from his fight with Mark Godbeer to meet the former champion.

When asked if he had spoken to McGregor about his return to the octagon, White said that McGregor intends to fight again before the year is over but that he is still enjoying some time off following his professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Winning streak Demetrious Johnson
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'Obviously, Conor had an opportunity to make a lot of money [against Mayweather], and I felt it was my duty to try and make that fight happen. He's only 25 years old.

The date to accomplish a meeting by the end of the calendar year is December 30 at UFC 219 in Las Vegas. And I knew I was going to get it.

Addressing McGregor he added: "You're in check and I'm great at chess".

Weight cutting remains a hugely controversial part of combat sports, with leading MMA journalist Ariel Helwani renewing calls for reform amid the Lee drama.

Above is live video of the event's post-fight press conference which kicks off approximately 30 minutes after the main event between Ferguson and Lee comes to a close (courtesy of the UFC).

No.2 contender Ferguson (22-3) is favourite for the fight, having amassed a nine-fight win streak stretching back to his last loss in May 2012 (vs Michael Johnson). He has nowhere to run. He needs to defend or vacate.

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