Interim Lightweight Title Answers At UFC 216
With Conor McGregor inching close to a year since his last fight inside the octagon, Dana White has announced that an interim champion will be crowned.
White confirmed the news to reporter Brett Okamoto of ESPN, that Tony Ferguson will face Kevin Lee for the interim UFC lightweight championship.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 16, 2017
“I’m ready for Conor to get back to MMA,” White said. “We have to get past [McGregor fighting Mayweather] first. We got less than two weeks and then we’ll figure out what’s next.”
White then answered the question as to why the UFC didn’t rebook Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson given that was the fight originally set for UFC 209 in March.
“Khabib’s not ready,” White said. “He has surgery and he’s just not ready. So it is what it is.”
The UFC president then went on to confirm that Ferguson vs. Lee would likely end up on the UFC 216 card set for the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 7.