At Saturday’s UFC 216 event, an interim UFC lightweight champion will be crowned. But is that person the one that deserves to challenge for the undisputed belt?
Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) currently holds that title, though he has yet to defend it since claiming the belt this past November. Meanwhile, both Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) – who challenge for the interim belt at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas – both believe a victory should earn them a shot at undisputed status.
Ferguson currently sits at No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings. Lee resides at No. 8, though a win would certainly see him shoot up the list.
Of course, undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) holds the No. 2 spot and has constantly promised he would smash McGregor if given the chance. And Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) sits at No. 7, though his ranking is almost irrelevant when considering the type of attention a trilogy fight with McGregor would draw.
Ahead of this week’s UFC 216 event, take a look at how the lightweight rankings currently sit, because the results could prove vital in determining what comes next for “The Notorious.”
And give us your opinion below: Who does deserve the next crack at McGregor?