Tony Ferguson Could Fight Kevin Lee in His Next UFC Fight

Published 02/09/2021, 1:53 AM EST
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – JUNE 25: Kevin Lee celebrates after his submission victory over Michael Chiesa in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 25, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Kevin Lee was touted as the next ‘big thing’ in the lightweight division. From April 2016 to June 2017, ‘The Motown Phenom’ went on an incredible five-fight win streak. Lee is a very good wrestler and is good on the feet as well, therefore there was good reason to believe that he would be a real problem at 155-pounds. 

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At UFC 216, Lee faced arguably his toughest test to date when he took on Tony Ferguson. The fight was supposed to be a litmus test for Lee to see if he truly belongs among the elite in the most talent stacked division in the UFC. The fight did not go Lee’s way, and since then, Lee has not been able to find his groove. 

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Can Kevin Lee bounce back and secure a win over Tony Ferguson?

Kevin Lee recently replied to a Tweet saying, “Me and @TonyFergusonXT gonna run it back”. Both men have struggled off late.


Since his loss to Tony, ‘The Motown Phenom’ has lost three of his last five fights across two weight classes. After the demise of his head coach, Lee was at crossroads and decided to join Firas Zahabi, one of the brightest minds in MMA. It looked as though the new partnership was the right one, as Lee absolutely demolished a highly touted Gregor Gillespie. Unfortunately, in his very next fight, Lee succumbed to a third-round submission loss against Charles Oliveira.

Ferguson, on the other hand, is 0-2 in his last two fights, having been utterly dominated in both fights. Ferguson desperately needs a win as he risks getting himself cut from the UFC if he continues his dismal run of form. 

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A fight against Lee might be exactly what Tony needs right now. A challenger who he secured an impressive win over. For Lee as well, avenging his loss against Tony Ferguson can be just the fight to put him back into the win column. 

For Tony, a loss might be more devastating than it would be for Kevin Lee at this point in their respective careers. However, for fans, this will be an extremely interesting matchup. 

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What do you make of a fight between Lee and Ferguson? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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