The rising lightweight has been booked to fight Ferguson on October 7th at UFC 216, in a contest that will determine the promotion’s interim, lightweight champ. Since McGregor is the reigning king at 155, in theory, he’ll face the winner of Ferguson – Lee (again, in theory…).
Well, recently Lee was a guest on the “MMA Hour”, and while discussing how he matches up against McGregor, the 24 year-old said this (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“The McGregor fight, it excites me from the standpoint of a promotion and everything, but the actual fight itself, he’s the easiest fight as far as I’m concerned… I’m going to get my hands on the man and throw him around. He’s a little fella too. He’s little, he’s skinny. He’s getting smaller as the days go by. And I’m just now starting into my prime and getting bigger.”
How about that huh? Now, sure, McGregor and his boosters would likely point out that similar things were said, in terms of the star’s size, before he faced Eddie Alvarez. McGregor dominated that fight, however, and took out Alvarez in round two (although, Alvarez said afterwards that he didn’t turn to the game plan they had for McGregor during the fight, which included wrestling).
In addition, Lee also had this to say about the current reign of McGregor:
“I think as far as the hardcore fans and everybody (are concerned), this is the real lightweight championship. McGregor’s got one fight at lightweight, Tony’s got 10 or 11, I’ve got nine or 10,” Lee said. “This is for the real lightweight championship because we have the most fights and we’ve already been through all these top contenders.”
It’s going to be really interesting to see what happens next in the lightweight division. Following McGregor’s loss to Floyd Mayweather, the consensus seems to be that the UFC will book a third fight with Nate Diaz. A key argument being that only McGregor – Diaz III can generate enough money that the lightweight champ will likely command from here on out.
McGregor aside, Ferguson – Lee is definitely a can’t miss bout.