Ferguson, a former Ultimate Fighter victor, became the interim champion when he submitted Lee in the third round.
"It can be Khabib, it can be Conor, I'm going to go back to the drawing board, talk to my manager, agents and my team but the fight is with Conor".
Ferguson vs Lee will headline UFC 216 and "El Cucuy" would appear to have gained a significant early advantage over "The Motown Phenom", with Ferguson getting a big headstart on his rehydration thanks to Lee's weight dramas. Ferguson arrived into the match up with a record of 23-3 while Lee entered with a 16-3 record, and it would be in Round 3 that Ferguson would submit Lee in a triangle choke finish, forcing Lee to tap out at the 4:02 marker. "So I kneed him, and then I shook his weight - I shifted his weight, and when he shifted, he went back and threw and elbow, and I was like, 'Got you'".
"I was saving my good material for him [McGregor]".
"Tony's the interim champion, Conor's the champion, that's the fight that makes sense".
An emotional Lee paid tribute to his opponent after the bout. I've got both belts, a chunk of money, and a little family on the way. Demetrious is the best, man. Johnson rides to the ceremonial weigh-ins in style, and the stars face off one final time before Saturday night's world championship bouts. Johnson's ever-active smothering grappling rendered Borg ineffective for most of the first three rounds.
In the fifth round, Johnson (27-2-1) lifted and threw No. 3-rated challenger Ray Borg (11-3) backward, threw his two legs over Borg's chest and applied a fight-finishing armbar by squeezing Borg's left arm. That's what we do.
"As a businessman, no one has approached (me yet), but I've earned something".
Naturally, Twitter's reaction to the fight and aftermath can't be missed.
Las Vegas fighter Evan Dunham entered the octagon with a special "Vegas Strong" flag, while all the fighters on the card wore specially-made "Vegas Strong" t-shirts for their respective entrances.
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