Evan Dunham is a Conor McGregor fan – but if anybody asks, Tony Ferguson is the UFC champ

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While matchmaking is not an exact science, there is a general logic to the process, which often involves fighters paired with peers who are coming off equally positive or negative outcomes.

But then how do you go about planning your octagon future when you neither won nor lost your most recent bout?

That’s what lightweight Evan Dunham, who fought Beneil Dariush to a majority draw last week at UFC 216, will find out.

“I’m not going to fight down,” Dunham told MMAjunkie Radio. “I’ll tell you that right now. I’m only fighting up. And I said that going into my last fight. Because they tried to give me someone who wasn’t ranked.

“And I was like, ‘Dude, I’m coming off four wins. If this isn’t an opportunity for me to fight up, I don’t know what is.’ And since I didn’t take a loss, I’m not changing my stance.”

Dunham (18-6-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) and Dariush (14-3-1 MMA, 8-3-1 UFC) opened UFC 216’s pay-per-view main card on a solid note. Dariush’s strong start had him taking a pair of 10-8 scores in the first round, but Dunham’s rally granted him the 10-9 scorecards that he needed to even things out – despite one judge seeing it Dariush’s way.

As it often happens with outcomes like these, both Dariush and Dunham were left thinking they’d done enough to win the fight. But at least one of them found out that, after 10 years, there are still surprises to be had in the octagon.

“A draw never even crossed my mind until they said it, to tell you the truth,” Dunham said. “Because I think this was what, my 33rd fight or something like that total, counting amateurs. And I’d never had a draw before. So I wasn’t thinking draw. I was actually thinking I won that, because I won (Rounds 2 and 3).

“When I’m there, I don’t think about, ‘How did they score this round?’ I think about, ‘Did I win that round, or did I lose that round?’ But after this fight I’m probably going to start thinking a little bit more, like ‘OK, how exactly did they score it?’”

Dunham’s plans moving forward were made clear: He’s not dipping below himself in the official UFC rankings, in which he occupies the No. 14 spot. But like a lot of his fellow UFC lightweights, Dunham knows that making your way up can be complicated given the division’s current state of affairs.

“Kevin Lee said it best, the rankings don’t mean (expletive) at this point,” Dunham said. “Which breaks my heart, hearing that as a guy who’s based my whole career trying to make my way up the rankings. Because, in my idea, you work your way up the rankings, that’s what gets you a title shot.”

Instead, Dunham believes there’s a logjam atop the division – with a few key players making it harder by their inactivity. That starts with champion Conor McGregor, who Dunham clarifies he is actually a fan of, but also goes by the likes of McGregor’s two-time opponent Nate Diaz and undefeated contender Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“The division is so jammed up at the top that it makes it really tough for anybody to work their way up,” Dunham said. “Because you’ve got Diaz, who’s not doing anything. You’ve got Conor, who’s – well, last weekend kind of helped it out. Now we have an interim champion, and there is starting to be some movement.”

The way Dunham – as well as a large group of people that includes UFC President Dana White – sees it, the title fight to make now is between newly crowned interim champion Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC) and McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC). Of course, rankings logic is one good reason for that. But Dunham also sees the battle as an intriguing stylistic matchup.

“That’s why the interim title was made,” Dunham said. “That’s the reason why they did the whole thing last weekend. Ferguson is the champ. In my book, if anybody asks, Ferguson is the champ of the 155 division right now.”

The next title challenger, Dunham reasons, could very well emerge from a UFC 218 meeting between ex-titleholder Eddie Alvarez and former WSOF champion Justin Gaethje. A meeting that, it turns out, Dunham is particularly invested in.

“I would like to fight the loser of that,” Dunham said. “Usually, they go loser-loser, and I’m kind of in this grey area of a draw. I don’t know what it means, but I guess I’ll figure it out pretty soon. But I would love to fight the loser of that fight, because the winner should get a title shot. It makes sense to me.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Tony Ferguson responds to Conor McGregor with perfect(ly odd) 'Grand Theft Auto' video on Twitter

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor broke his silence on interim title holder Tony Ferguson (we think) when he tweeted a picture Friday casting himself as Tony Montana from “Scarface” – using the style of the “Grand Theft Auto” video game – with the simple caption: “Tony.”

As expected, the Tony we believe McGregor was calling out had a rather quick response in the form of a “Grand Theft Auto”-inspired video of sorts.

I say “of sorts” because … well, just take a look:

“Zero 😎Fucks” 🇺🇸🏆🇲🇽#DefendorVacate MF’er 😎🖕🏽#TonyFergusonMMA SnapJitsu™ #SnapDownCity This Is My Mat.

Is your mind not blown after watching that? And if your mind isn’t blown, that’s because you accept the fact this is “El Cucuy” we’re talking about.

Which is to say just go with it.

Like the montage, McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) has been all over the map about his future plans. But is there any doubt that his next move shouldn’t be a title unification with Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC). The build-up alone should be epic.

Tell me you wouldn’t watch. 

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Tony Ferguson (or Tony Montana) – UFC champ Conor McGregor breaks silence on Twitter

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UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor finally has spoken up, and it looks like he’s accepted a fight with Tony Ferguson.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) today tweeted a picture casting himself as the fictional character Tony Montana from “Scarface” – a la popular video game “Grand Theft Auto” – with the simple caption: “Tony.”

That can be no other Tony than Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC), who this past Saturday claimed the interim lightweight title with a third-round submission of Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) at UFC 216.

McGregor was all over the map about his future plans during a press conference this past month, indicating he could return to boxing, or possibly fight a trilogy with rival Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC), or face off with the winner of the interim title fight.

UFC President Dana White was a little less flexible, indicating after Ferguson’s victory that he is next to face McGregor and unify the titles. Today during a press conference in support of a middleweight title bout between champ Michael Bisping and ex-welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217, he said the same.

“The Ferguson fight is the fight that makes sense,” White said.

After advocating for a rubber match with Diaz, McGregor’s team appears to be getting used to the idea of a fight with Ferguson.

“Here we go…,” tweeted McGregor’s longtime coach John Kavanagh.

Ferguson this week told MMAjunkie Radio he’s ready to unify the belts by year’s end.

“What (McGregor) needs to do is defend or vacate,” he said. “That dude’s got like less than a month. I mean compared to what UFC rules state, he’s got a year to start defending his belt. I’m more then ready for December. He said he wants to fight in 2017. I think the fans deserve it. I think I deserve it.”

UFC 219 perfectly fits the bill for a pay-per-view attraction that could accomodate the fight. But as we’ve seen before, there’s a lot that can get in the way of an easy setup.

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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New UFC champ Tony Ferguson: I'm going to expose Conor McGregor

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The UFC’s new interim lightweight champ is willing to let Conor McGregor avoid a confrontation by vacating share of the title, but he’d rather deliver an ass-whooping to entertain the masses.

“What (McGregor) needs to do is defend or vacate,” Tony Ferguson told MMAjunkie Radio. “That dude’s got like less than a month. I mean compared to what UFC rules state, he’s got a year to start defending his belt. I’m more then ready for December. He said he wants to fight in 2017. I think the fans deserve it. I think I deserve it.

“What sounds better than 10 consecutive? Eleven, and it’s got Conor’s name written all over that mother(expletive). You guys heard my post-speech. There’s nowhere for him to run, man. He’s got me to deal with, and I’m going to expose that dude.”

Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC), currently ranked No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, claimed his share of the belt with an impressive win over a very tough Kevin Lee at this past weekend’s UFC 216 event. It was Ferguson’s 10th consecutive victory.

Meanwhile, McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) – ranked No. 1 – originally claimed the undisputed belt at this past November’s UFC 205 but hasn’t entered the octagon since, instead taking a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather this past August.

There’s debate about McGregor’s next move, since a trilogy fight with rival Nate Diaz would obviously be a huge pay-per-view event, but UFC President Dana White insisted that wasn’t the current plan, instead pointing to a unification fight with Ferguson as the fight that “has to happen.”

Ferguson agrees, insisting marketability is no way to decide a championship fight.

“It’s not about the money fight,” Ferguson said. “It’s about the pride fight, and this dude’s going to be sitting on the sidelines if he doesn’t want to fight.

“I don’t think he wants that grubby little belt to be in my hands because I’ll enjoy it, and I will defend it. That dude hasn’t defended that belt one time – not one time. I will probably defend my interim belt more times than that dude would ever defend that belt.”

McGregor has stated he’d like to fight at the UFC’s year-end show on Dec. 30, but if that’s to happen, the promotion will need to make arrangements fairly quickly. Ferguson said he’s going to take a few days off for vacation but keep himself in shape and prepared for that very opportunity.

Unless McGregor wants to streamline the whole process and just rid himself of the belt.

“I already told him one time: Just set it down and walk away and nobody will get hurt. But also in every reality, we want the fans to have the fight, and I think the fans deserve it, straight up, because he’s the next one in line, and Khabib (Nurmagomedov) is not there. He’s out of line. He’s not even in the picture.

“So Conor, you need to either (expletive) defend or vacate. You need to get your (expletive) together and come fight me, straight up.”

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Even in super slo-mo, Demetrious Johnson's UFC 216 finish is pretty unfathomable

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Slow it down all you want, Demetrious Johnson’s incredible submission of Ray Borg at UFC 216 still blows the mind.

As you’d expect, Johnson’s “Submission of the Year” candidate was featured in the UFC’s latest “Phantom Cam” highlights package, covering this past weekend’s UFC 216 event in Las Vegas. The sequence might be even more impressive when it’s slowed down enough for mere mortals to understand.

Check out that highlight and more – including some fantastic footage of the “Fight of the Night” between Bobby Green and Lando Vannata, as well as Tony Ferguson’s interim title-winning performance over Kevin Lee – in the footage above.

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2539 with guests Tony Ferguson, John Moraga, Bobby Green, Simon Samano

Stream or download Monday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Tony Ferguson, John Moraga, Bobby Green and Simon Samano.

Ferguson, Moraga and Green all fought this past Saturday at UFC 216 in Las Vegas. Ferguson won the interim lightweight title with a submission of Kevin Lee in the main event. Moraga knocked out previously unbeaten Magomed Bibulatov for a $50,000 bonus. Green fought to a split draw and won “Fight of the Night” against Lando Vannata. MMAjunkie’s Samano was in Las Vegas to cover the event and recapped the big stories that came out of the fight card.

You can stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com or below.

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Coach: Conor McGregor 'too clean' for Tony Ferguson; fans prefer Nate Diaz trilogy

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Who’s next for UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor – new interim titleholder Tony Ferguson or two-time former foe Nate Diaz?

According to McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, both are intriguing options, though he personally prefers a third meeting with Diaz. And he thinks fans feel the same way.

This past Saturday in UFC 216’s pay-per-view headliner, Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) picked up a third-round submission victory over Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) to claim the interim 155-pound title.

Immediately afterward, Ferguson called for a title-unification bout (check out the video above) with McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who hasn’t fought since an August PPV boxing blockbuster loss to Floyd Mayweather.

During a recent appearance on Submission Radio, Roddy discussed McGregor’s options, including Ferguson and how a title-unification bout would play out (via YouTube):

“He’s good, obviously,” Roddy said of Ferguson. “He wouldn’t be the interim champion if he wasn’t good. His style is, you know, it’s not traditional. It’s a bit unorthodox and stuff, but I just honestly think that Conor’s going to be way too clean for Ferguson. If Ferguson tries to stand with Conor for an extended period of time, it will be lights out, in my opinion.

“You know, he’s tough as well. He’s tough and durable, so he may take a couple of smacks, but at the end of the day, Conor’s going to be way too clean and too technical. … He won’t get touched. That’s my opinion. But yeah, it will be an interesting one, and it will be an exciting fight as well because Ferguson does come to fight, and he’s aggressive. He goes in. He looks to finish fights. So it will be exciting. But yeah, without a doubt if he wants to stand and bang with Conor, it’ll be lights out fairly quick, I think.”

McGregor vs. Ferguson makes sense from a rankings, title and simple logic standpoint. Champion vs. Champion, after all. But no McGregor return would be complete without speculation of a third meeting and rubber match between McGregor and Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC). UFC President Dana White, though, suggested McGregor vs. Diaz 3 is now unlikely.

However, Rowdy, who expects McGregor to return in the first quarter of 2018, said he and a lot of fight fans would prefer that matchup over one with Ferguson.

“I honestly think that people would rather – like, I think people would rather see Conor vs. Diaz,” he said. “I just think it’s a more exciting fight for everybody. It’s the trilogy. The first two fights, the back and forth between the guys and the way the fights went – you know, who wouldn’t want to see the third fight? But of course, it makes sense that he fights (Ferguson), he defends the belt.

“Whatever happens, I don’t know, but I said this already: I would like to see (McGregor-Diaz 3). The Ferguson fight is an interesting one as well. Like, he’s an exciting fighter so it will be an exciting fight. So either or, either or.”

Roddy also didn’t rule out a possible return to boxing; McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi have some beef, after all. But like most of the MMA world, Roddy is ready for McGregor’s return to the cage rather than a ring.

“I think even Conor said himself that he’s got unfinished business in the octagon and he wants to go back and defend his belt,” Roddy said. “So yeah, I think that’s what’s going to happen. Is he done with boxing? Probably not. If the right fight comes up and the right money’s on the table, I’m sure he would jump in and go again. You know, without a doubt. So who knows what next year is going to be like anyway? It’s going to be bigger than 2017 anyway. That’s what I imagine.”

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Conor McGregor, it's time to defend that belt – and Tony Ferguson is the perfect man for the job

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One thing I feel confident saying about Tony Ferguson’s callout of Conor McGregor at UFC 216: He didn’t spend too much time beforehand thinking about precisely which words to use.

Which is not to say that he put no thought into it. Calling him “McNuggets” was proof of that, and while it might not be the burn that sets the world on fire, it was at least better than what followed, when the interim UFC lightweight champ leaned into the microphone to call the actual UFC lightweight champ a “(expletive) piece of (expletive).”

You know, keeping it simple.

But here’s one matchup that doesn’t need blistering trash talk or eloquent insults to feel important. This one is necessary just on its merits.

And if McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) is smart, which he usually is, he’ll see that for himself. The time for cash-grabbing spectacle fights is over. Now’s the time to get down to the business of being the champ.

The question of who that champ should fight is now firmly settled, thanks to Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC). His win over Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 216 pay-per-view headliner in Las Vegas was classic “El Cucuy.” He got mouthy, and he got hurt, and he got loose. He came close enough to losing to make it all the more impressive when he won with a triangle choke off his back.

That’s 10 in a row for Ferguson, and in arguably the most talent-rich division in the sport. Now he has a shiny gold belt to commemorate his achievement, but it’s still unclear what, exactly, that will get him.

UFC President Dana White claims it’ll be good enough for a title-unification bout with McGregor.

“It’s the fight that has to happen,” White said after the event. “It doesn’t ‘make sense’; it’s the fight that has to happen.”

But then, the days of the UFC telling McGregor what he has to do are long gone. These days, the UFC can only request. It can ask nicely. It can hope.

Nobody can make McGregor do anything now. Not unless he wants to. But this is one he should want, at least as long as he still wants to be an MMA fighter at all.

McGregor is by far the biggest star in the sport, not to mention the biggest PPV draw in the history of the UFC. But if there’s a knock on him at this point, it’s that he’s won two UFC titles without defending either. He’s willfully ignored the usual system of champions meeting contenders in favor of lining his pockets as he jumps from one payday to the next.

It’s smart, you have to admit. In this sport, you have to look out for your own future, since everyone else is just trying to use you as fodder for theirs. But McGregor has made enough money now that he might consider turning his attention to his legacy.

It’s one thing to win a UFC title, but it’s not really yours until you defend it. And if McGregor wants to remind everyone how he ended up as the champ in the first place, he could do a lot worse than to test himself against a guy like Ferguson.

There’s a lot to like about the fight. Ferguson may not be a superstar, but the man has a swagger and a style all his own. He’ll talk to you while he’s beating you up and then breakdance once he’s done. When he’s fighting is just about the only time you’ll catch him without sunglasses on, and even then his face looks somehow naked without them.

You put this guy in a fight opposite McGregor, you can expect a couple different kinds of fireworks. You can also expect, however temporarily, a return to some sense of normalcy, which feels pretty necessary right about now.

Because in between all the expletives and food-based insults, Ferguson offered McGregor a surprisingly reasonable choice: defend or vacate.

It does feel like it’s time for a decision, one way or another. For a smart fighter and savvy businessman like McGregor, this one ought to be a no-brainer.

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC interim champ Tony Ferguson warns Conor McGregor: 'You're in check, and I'm great at chess'

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LAS VEGAS – Tony Ferguson believes he’s trapped champion Conor McGregor and left him with nowhere to hide after winning the interim UFC lightweight title in Saturday’s UFC 216 headliner.

“El Cucuy” said “The Notorious” now has two options: Fight or vacate.

Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) continued his takeover of the UFC lightweight division when he scored his 10th consecutive victory with a third-round submission of Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in their pay-per-view main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

With the interim belt in his possession, standard procedure means Ferguson should next receive a unification match with McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC). UFC President Dana White said the showdown “has to happen,” and Ferguson seems to have confidence it will. Not only that, but he expects to have his way with the Irishman.

“I’ll ankle pick him, no problem,” Ferguson told reporters at the UFC 216 post-fight news conference. “I’ll sit him on his ass, and everybody’s the same size on the ground. Conor McGregor poses no threat to me, especially when I hit him with my jab. He’s going to be running away like Katsunori Kikuno did, and I’ll chase after his ass like a cornerback, and I’ll slam him to the ground and finish him with a D’Arce choke or any other choke of my pleasing.”

McGregor hasn’t fought MMA since he won the 155-pound belt with a second-round knockout of Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 last November. Since that fight, he’s taken time off to enjoy the birth of his first child and also moved over to the boxing ring for a high-profile match with Floyd Mayweather in August, which he lost by 10th-round TKO.

During a recent interview, McGregor said he had an eye on the interim title bout between Ferguson and Lee, but also mentioned a number of other potential opponents for his return to the octagon. Ferguson noted McGregor has never called him out specifically, though, and for that reason he does hold some concern the fight won’t materialize.

Ferguson said he’s willing to explore other fights, such as Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) if McGregor decides he doesn’t want to unify the championship next. However, Ferguson said if that happens, McGregor should without question have to give up his belt.

“The boy’s scared,” Ferguson said. “He’s never mentioned my name one time. Not one time during this whole entire talk. I’ve been here, I have 10 consecutive victories, I’m interim lightweight champ. It doesn’t matter who they put in front of me. It could be Khabib; it could be Conor. I’m going to go back to the drawing board, and I’m going to talk to my agents and talk to my team. But the fight is with Conor. It is with Conor. You can’t run anymore, man. You’re in check. And I’m great at chess.”

Ferguson said if he does fight McGregor next, he’s ready for it to happen as soon as possible. He claimed to be injury-free after UFC 216 and said he would be ready to go “next week,” and certainly before the end of the year, as well.

White said he expects McGregor to return to the octagon before the end of the year, and UFC 219 on Dec. 30 seems to be the most frequently discussed date. Ferguson wants it to happen, but he also gave McGregor fare warning that there’s an out available if he wants it.

“This is chess,” Ferguson said. “This is check. He’s going to be in checkmate soon. He’s running out of time. He needs to defend or vacate. But if he isn’t going to defend it, I’ll tell you what: Just set it down, Conor, and just (expletive) walk away, and nobody will get hurt.”

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Kevin Lee: No excuses for UFC 216 title loss to Tony Ferguson after weight cut 'damn near killed me'

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LAS VEGAS – Kevin Lee sat on stage, faced the media with his sunglasses on, hiding his battered face, and held back tears until he couldn’t hold them back anymore.

“I’m not going to let this stop me,” Lee said following a loss to Tony Ferguson in an interim lightweight title fight at UFC 216. “I’m still going to be a world champion. It might not be when I’m 25.”

It almost certainly won’t after Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) tapped out to Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC) via third-round triangle choke in the pay-per-view headliner, which took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Up until the finishing sequence, Lee fought hard and seemingly had Ferguson in trouble on a few occasions, most notably toward the end of the first round. But Lee was behind the 8 ball before he even stepped inside the octagon thanks to a brutal weight cut.

Lee dropped 19 pounds in under 24 hours to make the 155-pound limit. He also revealed having a staph infection for the past week, which “didn’t make the weight cut no easier.”

“The weight cut was what it was,” Lee said. “I wasn’t going to let down the whole show, let down everybody. I was going to make the weight, even if I had to cut my foot off or something. It damn near killed me. I just had to do what I had to do. I got a job to do. I’m a professional. I’m going to come out here no matter how bad it hurts. … By the third round it just was too much for me.”

Lee, known as one of the bigger lightweights in the division, has never missed weight, but he’s expressed previous difficulties in reaching 155 and lobbied for the UFC to create a 165-pound division.

That doesn’t interest UFC President Dana White, who said Lee was offered to use the resources at the UFC Performance Institute to ensure a proper weight cut but declined to take advantage.

“He’s a grown man. I can’t tell him what to do,” White said. “Either you want to come in and do it the right way, or you want to do it your way. That’s up to him.”

Lee, who lives in Las Vegas and has access to the UFCPI anytime, hinted at a move to welterweight.

“I’m sitting here now at about 185 pounds, a little too big for the weight class now,” he said. “… It’s about time for me to go up.”

Even with what some might consider a legit built-in excuse for not getting the job done, Lee declined to go that route and gave credit to Ferguson for an impressive win.

“He’s the rightful champion,” Lee said. “I tried to make it a dog fight with him. I tried to let him know it’s going to be a fight at the end of the first (with a late hit). You have to put that man out. There’s no quit in him. He kept coming forward, and he kept the pressure. And he did what a champion is supposed to do, and I wish him the best. …

“I know how tough Tony Ferguson is, and he’s the best man in the world.”

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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