UFC 216 weigh-in results: After additional hour, Kevin Lee makes weight

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Saturday night, fighters Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee descended upon Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena to compete for the interim lightweight title at UFC 216.

"Conor's the champion. That's the fight that has to happen", White told reporters after Ferguson won his 10th consecutive UFC fight, improving to 23-3.

After the fight, an elated Ferguson said the fight went to plan as he looked to use Lee's aggression against him during the contest.

It seemed like history might repeat itself at UFC 216 when Kevin Lee struggled to make weight for their fight, but in the end he came in at 154.5 and the fight was on. I'll ankle pick him.

He then demanded a unification fight with undisputed lightweight champion Conor McGregor, calling the Irishman "McNugget" during an expletive-laden rant, telling him to "defend or vacate" his title.

Although Ferguson could make life-changing money by facing McGregor - speculatively a bigger payday in one night than the rest of his career combined - he said he was not pushing for it. Ferguson isn't pressuring McGregor to fight him; he just wants the UFC's biggest star to make a decision one way or the other. I'm the matador, he's the bull.

Addressing McGregor he added: "You're in check and I'm great at chess". "I went for it". After almost submitting a fading Lee (16-3) in Round 3 with an armbar, Ferguson locked in a triangle choke to force the tap at 4:02.

Weight cutting remains a hugely controversial part of combat sports, with leading MMA journalist Ariel Helwani renewing calls for reform amid the Lee drama.

Last weekend, McGregor laid out the wealth of options available to him and said he would be watching the Ferguson v Lee bout with interest.

While McGregor is also believed to be interested in a trilogy fight against Nate Diaz at 155 pounds, Diaz may be pricing himself out of the bout, and White said, "nobody" is discussing Diaz for McGregor's next bout. "It's going to be checkmate soon". He has nowhere to run.

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