Kevin Lee spoke to Ariel Helwani recently on the latest edition of the MMA Hour and gave his opinion on how a matchup between Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson would unfold.
It didn’t seem an overly likely proposition in the wake of his interim-title victory at UFC 216, but now, following some pretty humourous social media posts made by both he and the undisputed champ Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson’s odds of getting his ‘red-panty night’ seem to have halved.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 13, 2017
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) October 14, 2017
McGregor/Diaz 3 seemed to be the fight that was destined to be made next but following the rise of some pretty negative reaction to that match being booked in favour of the title-unification bout that actually makes sense, it now looks as though the fans may well get their way and McGregor will defend his belt.
The man who lost out more than anyone as far as the 155lb title race is concerned right now is the prospect Kevin Lee, who despite having a strong start to his UFC 216 pairing with Tony Ferguson, succumbed to his relentless pressure before being submitted in the third round.
Overall, it was a learning experience for the man who many have tipped for future greatness and now, having spent time inside the octagon with the very best lightweight on the planet, he spoke to Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of the MMA Hour and gave insight into how he feels Ferguson will do against the undisputed champ, Conor McGregor.
“Tony for sure. Conor hits hard, but he doesn’t have the size to deal with that forward pressure. Tony leaves his chin up, but he’s got a good reach and has a good understanding of distance. I don’t feel he’ll over-lunge and be exposed to counter punches.
“On the ground, he will murk McGregor. The only chance McGregor has is to knock him out cold in the first, but that isn’t going to happen. McGregor doesn’t have that much power. Nah, not really, If he is smart, he wouldn’t. His coaches will keep him as far away from Tony as possible.”
I mean, it’s pretty clear to see that Lee is going to pick the man who beat him over a guy who he has never fought but still, I think the likes of José Aldo, Eddie Alvarez and Chad Mendes might see things a little different as far as the Irishman’s actual punching power is concerned.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena