The UFC interim lightweight title, and a potential shot at champion Conor McGregor, went the way of Tony Ferguson at UFC 216 on Saturday night.
Ferguson won the strap in an intriguing encounter with Kevin Lee in the main event, by forcing his opponent to submit with a triangle choke in the third round when the contest up until then had been a relatively close one.
The victory maintains Ferguson’s impressive winning run, with the 33-year-old California native now having won ten bouts on the bounce, last tasting defeat to Michael Johnson over five years ago.
After last night’s win, Ferguson revealed his gameplan for the match-up, stating that he new Lee would come at him strongly in the first round or two (which did happen) and if he could ride that out, his own chances of victory would increase as a result:
“I just knew I had to weather the storm.
“I knew he had to use that energy and have him come off a little more and then use that.”
With the interim lightweight belt now in his possession, speculation will mount as to what the fate of the actual title will be. McGregor is the current champion, but a title defence appears to be only one of a number of options for the Dubliner to pursue after his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather earlier this year.