Saturday, October 7, 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada
UFC 216: Ferguson vs. Lee is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on October 7, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A UFC Heavyweight Championship bout between current champion Stipe Miocic and former champion Cain Velasquez was initially targeted to headline this event. After that pairing failed to materialize, the promotion announced plans for an interim UFC Lightweight Championship bout between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee will serve as the main event.
Abel Trujillo was expected to face Lando Vannata at the event. However, Trujillo was removed from the card on August 14 for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Bobby Green.
After a long war of words as they raced to the top of the 155-pound weight class, Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee will finally settle the score for the interim UFC lightweight title. Winner of season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter, Ferguson has gone 12-1 in the Octagon with eight finishes and eight post-fight bonuses, cementing his place as not just one of the best fighters in the world, but one of the most exciting as well. This fall, he will be pushed by fellow contender Lee, who has nine UFC victories thus far and plenty of ambition to add a gold championship belt to his trophy case when he puts his five-fight winning streak on the line.
Plus, heavyweight contenders will meet when former world champion Fabricio Werdum takes on Derrick Lewis.
Three lightweights bouts are among the seven fights booked for UFC 216 on Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena, the Review-Journal has learned.
Abel Trujillo will take on Lando Vannata, who has earned fight-night bonuses in all three of his UFC appearances despite going 1-2.
Las Vegan Evan Dunham will put his four-fight winning streak on the line against Beneil Dariush. Dunham has not competed since September 2016 because 0f an injury.
Also, former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks will take on veteran Nik Lentz. After a successful UFC debut in July 2016, Brooks has dropped two straight.
The event will also include the second UFC bout for undefeated Chechen flyweight prospect Magomed Bibulatov, who will fight former title challenger John Moraga.
Tony Ferguson vs Kevin Lee
Fabricio Werdum vs Derrick Lewis
Paige VanZant vs Jessica Eye
Walt Harris vs Mark Godbeer
Beneil Dariush vs Evan Dunham
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.