The UFC has decided on the bout order for the two title fights taking place at UFC 216.
When UFC 216 was originally announced, the main event for the card was an interim lightweight title fight featuring Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee.
However, a title fight between UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg has been added to the event.
Johnson was originally scheduled to fight Borg in the main event of UFC 215 earlier this month, but an illness forced Borg to withdraw from the fight. With neither fighters being injured, the UFC was able to reschedule the fight for their next pay-per-view event.
With Johnson vs. Borg being for an actual UFC title, many people speculated as to who would fight in the main event of UFC 216. Earlier this week, the UFC released an updated poster for the event, and according to the poster, Ferguson vs. Lee is still the main event.
With UFC not being able to book any champions for UFC 216 originally, the UFC created the interim title fight due to UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor taking a break from the UFC. McGregor will certainly be an interested observer though as he could very well share the octagon with Ferguson or Lee in the near future.
Ferguson is ranked No. 2 in the official UFC lightweight rankings. He is on a nine-fight win streak inside the Octagon and is coming off a decision win against former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos.
Lee is ranked No. 7 in the lightweight rankings and is on a five-fight win streak. In his last fight, Lee submitted fellow lightweight contender Michael Chiesa in the first round of their main event fight.
Johnson will attempt to break the UFC record for most title defenses when he fights Borg. With 10 title defenses, Johnson currently holds the record alongside former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
UFC 216 will take place Oct. 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Bout order, new #UFC216 poster indicate Ferguson-Lee interim title fight gets main event over DJ's potentially historic defense. ?? pic.twitter.com/skAXTAyv38
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) September 18, 2017