White: Ferguson to fight Lee in October

Tony Ferguson

Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee will fight for the UFC’s interim lightweight title at UFC 216 in October, according to Dana White.

With reigning UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor taking time out to fight Floyd Mayweather in a much-anticipated boxing match, officials have said Ferguson and Lee will meet for the interim title.

“I’m ready for Conor to get back to MMA,” White told ESPN. “We have to get past [Mayweather vs. McGregor] first. We got less than two weeks and then we’ll figure out what’s next.”

White said the fight would probably take place on Oct. 7 in Las Vegas, but he refused to confirm if the bout would be the main event.

Lee (16-2) is on a five-fight winning streak, his last victory coming via a controversial submission win over Michael Chiesa at UFC Fight Night 112.

Ferguson (22-3), has not fought this year, but is on a nine-fight streak of his own.

He was scheduled to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the interim title at UFC 209 last March until Nurmagomedov had to withdraw at the last minute because of complications suffered during his weight cut.

As to why the original fight had not been resurrected, White simply said: “Khabib’s not ready.”

“He has surgery and he’s just not ready. So it is what it is.”