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Let’s face it: with Conor McGregor ascended to a higher plane of MMA existence, we need a hero at lightweight who will be the true focal point of the division. As long as Khabib Nurmagomedov has trouble making weight, there’s no one else among the 155-pound fighters who could be worthy of the crown…

…Except for Tony Ferguson of course. Ferguson won TUF 13, hasn’t lost a fight since 2012, and has defeated some top guys.

At UFC 216, an interim lightweight title will be up for grabs, and while one half of that championship contest features someone who may not be ready for prime time (Kevin Lee), the other half is Ferguson. And Ferguson deserves it.

Ponder his worthiness as you watch him take on Abel Trujillo below.