Career records: Ferguson – 22-3 (9 wins by KO, 8 wins by submission, 5 wins by decision); Lee – 16-2 (1 wins by KO, 8 wins by submission, 7 wins by decision).
Last bout: Ferguson – November 5, 2016: d Rafael dos Anjos by unanimous decision at Mexico City; Lee – June 25, 2017: d Michael Chiesa by technical submission at Oklahoma City.
Final Thoughts: The main event at UFC 216 sees Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee do battle for the interim lightweight title, with a potential showdown against Conor McGregor (provided the Irishman doesn’t get his way with a Nate Diaz trilogy bout next up) the big prize on prize on offer. The 33-year-old Ferguson is on a nine-fight winning streak, last losing in 2012 to Michael Johnson, but he hasn’t fought in over 11 months. Lee, just 25, has crafted an impressive record and has won five consecutive fights in the less than two years since his most recent loss, to Leonardo Santos. Veteran Ferguson has to be favoured here and he has been backed into a short price by punters; he has gone the distance just eight times in 25 career fights and will be looking for an early finish against Lee, who has lost just once in eight fights that have gone the full five rounds.
Career records: Johnson – 26-2-1 (5 wins by KO, 10 wins by submission, 11 wins by decision); Borg – Borg – 12-2 (2 wins by KO, 6 wins by submission, 4 wins by decision).
Last bout: Johnson – April 15, 2017: d Wilson Reis by submission at Kansas City; Borg – March 11, 2017: d Jussier Formiga by unanimous decision at Fortaleza, Brazil.
Final Thoughts: The second-biggest fight on the UFC 216 card sees Demtrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson square off against Ray Borg in their delayed flyweight championship bout; originally scheduled for UFC 215, Borg pulled out of the bout due to illness. The 24-year-old Borg has beaten Louis Smolka and Jussier Formiga in the past 12 months, with his most recent loss coming in February 2016 to Justin Scoggins. Johnson – regarded by many as the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter around – is 31 years old and has won his last 12 fights; Dominick Cruz was the last fighter to beat him, back in 2011. Both fighters have few KO wins to their name, with Borg’s last four fights going the distance and Johnson making a habit of forcing his opponents into submission (four of his last nine wins) – we’re tipping the latter.