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
Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee — Ferguson def. Lee by submission (triangle choke) at 4:02 of Round Three
Round 3: Ferguson lands a body kick and a leg kick, prompting a shot. Lee lifts him and slams him into butterfly guard. One minute in. Ferguson with his feet on Lee’s hips, kicks him away and stands. Jab exchange. Ferguson whiffs on an uppercut and denies a takedown. Ferguson marching forward, lands a hard left hook. Body kick. Two minutes in. Head kick from Lee just misses. Another takedown from Lee. Ferguson firing elbows and locks up an armbar. Lee manages to step over and survive, only for the elbows to continue piling up. Two minutes to go.
Ferguson locks up a triangle. This one’s in deep. He pulls down on Lee’s head and draws the tap.
Demetrious Johnson vs Ray Borg
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg — Johnson def. Borg by submission (armbar) at 3:15 of Round Five
Round 5: Johnson with another takedown right away. Side control for Johnson. Elbow and punches landing. One minute in. Hard knee to the body. Borg looking for a single-leg, can’t get it. He eats a body kick, looks for the back and again can’t get it. Takedown for Johnson into side control. Full mount for Johnson, then the back. Granby roll from Borg and Johnson blasts him with another knee to the body two minutes in. Johnson just wrangles him back to the mat and lands more knees. Borg gets to his feet, only for Johnson to fling him to the mat and lock up an armbar in mid-air. Johnson cranks viciously and Borg, despite a monstrous effort, taps out.
Final result: Johnson def. Borg by submission (armbar)
Walt Harris vs. Fabricio Werdum
Werdum def. Harris by submission (armbar) at 1:05 of Round One.
Round 1: Werdum ducks for a single-leg, gets Harris to the mat, and sets up in half guard. Full mount. Harris tries to scramble, gives up his back, and Werdum transitions to a fight-finishing armbar in the blink of an eye.
Final result: Werdum def. Harris by submission (armbar)
Mara Romero Borella vs. Kalindra Faria
Borella def. Faria by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:54 of Round One.
Round 1: Borella hits a takedown within fifteen seconds, landing in half guard. Borella looking to pass, does so into mount. Borella gets her away from the fence and starts landing short blows. She’s not posturing up, just staying tight. Borella briefly pins an arm and lands a right hand. Faria gives up the back. Borella looking for the choke, worms her forearm under Faria’s chin and gets the tap.
Final result: Borella def. Faria by submission (rear naked choke)
Beneil Dariush vs Evan Dunham
Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham — Majority draw (29-28, 28-28 x2).
Round 3: Dunham sending out punches early. Counter right hook lands for Dariush. Big counter left by Dunham when Dariush get a little lazy coming in. One minute in. Big left hand by Dunham in combination. Dunham’s combinations are flowing. Dariush with a heavy left hand as they exchange. Dunham shoots and takes him to the fence. Two minutes in. They separate and Dariush’s overhand left goes high. Right hook by Dunham in combination. Dariush with a good leg kick but he’s losing these exchanges with two minutes to go.
More low kicks by Dariush. Dunham shoots, lands a good knee and eats one in return. Back to the center. Left hand from Dariush as Dunham exits, then again. Both men landing with a minute to go. 1-2 by Dunham. Leg kick from Dariush countered with a left hand. Dunham going to work, waving Dariush on. Dariush tries a jumping knee. Dariush lands a knee before the bell. 10-9 Dunham.
Final result: Majority draw
*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.