It’s easy to fixate on the UFC 216 main event and the notion that Kevin Lee isn’t worthy of a shot at any lightweight titles – even interim ones. But we can’t forget that the other half of that main event has Tony Ferguson vying for a belt. And dammit, Ferguson is definitely worthy.
Since winning TUF, Ferguson has lost only once in the Octagon (a decision to Michael Johnson back in 2012. Since then, he’s gone on a nine-fight win streak, and has taken out the likes of former champ Rafael dos Anjos, former Strikeforce star Josh Thomson, and a bunch of other badasses. If anyone should be in a title fight equation, it’s Ferguson.
Here’s a Countdown vid the UFC has put together for him and Lee. Watch, and ponder just how much Ferguson has earned this.