The UFC returns for their last pay-per-view offering in 2017 in the United States, as UFC 216 takes place on Saturday, Oct. 9 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The main event will feature a bout for the interim lightweight championship as Tony Ferguson will go up against Kevin Lee. The co-main event is another title bout as Demetrious Johnson looks to make history when he defends the flyweight championship against Ray Borg.
The card is top heavy. But, there’s the likelihood of seeing history and possibly a new star could be born in the main events.
Here is everything you need to know about UFC 216.
All times Eastern.
UFC 216 date, start time
The first preliminary fight is available for UFC.com’s Fight Pass members beginning at 6:15 p.m. The remaining preliminary fights can be viewed on FX 1 at 8 p.m. Pay-per-view coverage begins at 10 p.m. Ferguson and Lee should enter the octagon at around 12:30 a.m.
UFC 216 PPV price, live stream
The main card on pay-per-view can be purchased for $59.99 in HD. For more information on how to order UFC 216 Ferguson vs. Lee, ask your TV provider. You can also live stream UFC 216 and the Ferguson vs. Lee main card on UFC.TV for $59.99.
UFC 216 fight card
- Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee for Interim UFC Lightweight Title
- Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Ray Borg for Johnson’s UFC Flyweight Title
- Fabrício Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis; Heavyweight
- Mara Romero Borella vs. Kalindra Faria; Women’s Flyweight
- Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham; Lightweight
- Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann; Bantamweight
- Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz; Lightweight
- Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata; Lightweight
- Pearl Gonzalez vs. Poliana Botelho; Women’s Strawweight
- Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer; Heavyweight
- John Moraga vs. Magomed Bibulatov
- Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares; Middleweight
- Matt Schnell vs. Marco Beltrán; Flyweight
UFC 216 preview
Ferguson and Lee are fighting for the interim belt due to champion Conor McGregor not having fought since he captured the title from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 last November. Instead of defending the championship, McGregor entered the world of boxing, losing to Floyd Mayweather by 10th round TKO in August.
Last week, in a Q&A in Ireland, McGregor stated he was interested in facing the winner of the UFC 216 main event which has put an added significance to the fight.
Ferguson, 33, (23-3) is rolling into UFC 216, winning nine consecutive fights, six by stoppage. The drawback to “El Cucuy’s” run is he hasn’t competed since last November’s win over former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. He was set to face Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 209, but Nurmagomedov got pulled the day before the fight having gone to a hospital due to a weight cutting issue. Ferguson was insistent on having to fight for the title since he’s ranked No. 2 in the UFC lightweight rankings.
Lee, 25, (16-2) is on a similar streak, winning five consecutive bouts with four via stoppage. Lee last competed in June, submitting Michael Chiesa by first-round submission. This fight ended up getting made during Lee’s appearance on the post-fight show and Ferguson was a guest analyst. Ferguson and Lee went back-and-forth trading barbs. The fight was made shortly after that.
Johnson and Borg were originally supposed face-off at last month’s UFC 215. Unfortunately, two days before the event, Borg got pulled due to illness and the fight was rescheduled for UFC 216.
If victorious, Johnson, 31, (26-2-1) if victorious would break the record for most consecutive titles defenses in the UFC, which is currently held by Anderson Silva at 10. A win would also extend his unbeaten streak to 13.
Borg, 24, (11-2) earned the title opportunity by winning back-to-back fights, most recently by unanimous decision over Jussier Formiga back in March.
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