The lightweight division has been in a stalemate ever since Conor McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 to claim the lightweight championship. McGregor has since taken time off for the birth of his first child and is now preparing to fight Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match. With McGregor taking a hiatus from the sport of mixed martial arts, the UFC originally planned for Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov to face off at UFC 209 for the interim lightweight belt but it wasn’t meant to be as Nurmagomedov fell ill during the weight cut and was taken to hospital, resulting in the fight being called off.
With Nurmagomedov out, for now, it looks like the UFC have turned to Kevin Lee to take on Ferguson for the interim lightweight title on October 7th at UFC 216. MMAFighting.com‘s Ariel Helwani reported on Monday night that the fight had been agreed to but was yet to be made official. Lee is currently ranked 7th in the lightweight rankings and is riding a five fight win streak. Ferguson’s last outing was in November last year where he got the decision victory over the former lightweight champion, Rafael Dos Anjos.