But, under Nevada State Athletic Commission rules, because Lee was approved by the sanctioning body's doctor, he was given one hour to cut the final pound and make weight.
"I went home, did what I needed to do to get healthy and took the last two weeks to become the best fighter I can be", Borg said. Ferguson was insistent on having to fight for the title since he's ranked No. 2 in the UFC lightweight rankings.
"It showed in his first Nate Diaz fight". In a time when athletic commissions are closely monitoring how fighters are cutting weight, it was a bold and unsafe statement for Lee to make. He has always had an impermeable will and an absurd gas tank but his unorthodox striking and grappling becomes more finely tuned in every fight, which not only makes him unsafe in every area but extremely unpredictable and hard to finish.
Additionally, UFC 216 lost a featured preliminary bout as Nik Lentz (27-8-2) was scratched after pre-weigh-in "medical issues", forcing the cancellation of his bout with Will Brooks (18-3-0). After earning submission victories in four of his previous five fights, Ferguson went the distance and earned a unanimous decision win over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 98. It will be replaced on FX by Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell, a fight that was originally scheduled to open the show on Fight Pass.More news: ICE: California's 'Sanctuary State' Law Will Force 'At-Large' Arrests
There is a danger that comes with watching this fight before the others on this list - you may not have the energy to watch another. Lewis had won six straight fights before getting knocked out by Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 110 in June.
Ferguson said his wife and family were near the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard, where the Route 91 Harvest Festival - the site of the tragedy - was held.
The two have had to be held apart nearly every time they have crossed paths.
The matchup between St. Pierre and Bisping doesn't need bad-blood to sell, and it's hard not to wonder if the UFC would be better off selling the fight as a matchup between two long-time stars instead of trying to manufacture a rivalry that doesn't seem to really exist. However, Johnson is still the champion and has the possibility of racking up much more title defenses to add to his record, unlike Silva at this point. You're talking about the big, big guys in this division. It's going to be Francis Ngannou.