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Kevin Lee: Tony Ferguson's toughness just means he'll 'take a longer ass-whooping' at UFC 216


LOS ANGELES – Kevin Lee has listened to Tony Ferguson rant and rave about his grueling training camp for UFC 216, and quite frankly “The Motown Phenom” doesn’t give a damn.

As far as Lee is concerned, Ferguson can kick all the steel poles and carry all the boulders up mountains he wants. None of it will change the outcome of their pay-per-view headlining interim lightweight title fight on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“When you look at it, and you say a man is tough, and that’s his biggest attribute, that ain’t good for him,” Lee said Monday during a media luncheon. “He talks about all this training in the mountains and running with the bears. That just means it’s going to take a longer ass-whooping.”

Those words are sure to draw the ire of Ferguson, 33, who comes in riding a nine-fight winning streak. Meanwhile, to Ferguson, the 25-year-old Lee is in over his head after talking his way into this interim title opportunity.

Lee isn’t reluctant to give Ferguson respect for his impressive run of victories. But he adds there’s a problem with “El Cucuy’s” hard-nosed approach that ultimately will prove to be his downfall at UFC 216.

“He does well, and I’ve always given Tony respect. … But I think the dude is full of himself,” Lee said. “I think he feels himself. He feels like … I don’t know. I’m going to show all the holes in his game. I don’t think he goes back and fills up those holes. Every time, win, lose or draw for me, I go back, I reassess my skills, I see where I need to make improvements, and I do. And I don’t think he do that.”

That, according to Lee, means Ferguson will fight him the same way he’s fought others. Which means he’s done evolving. And, well …

“If you stop evolving, you start dying,” Lee said. “And I’m ready to go kill him.”

To hear more from Lee on the upcoming matchup and a plethora of other topics, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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