By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
The octagon will return to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on October 7 for UFC 216.
At this time, the UFC 216 pay-per-view fight card does not have a confirmed event headliner.
With that said, the October 7 fight card already has one title fight set.
Top UFC lightweight contenders Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee will square off for the promotions interim 155-pound title at the event.
Kevin Lee is currently riding a five-fight win streak, his latest being a first-round submission victory over Michael Chiesa this past June in Oklahoma City.
Meanwhile, Tony Ferguson has won nine fights in a row, his latest being a unanimous decision victory over former division title holder Rafael dos Anjos.
UFC 216 will also feature a key heavyweight contest between former division champion Fabricio Werdum and perennial contender Derrick Lewis.
Werdum is coming off a decision loss to Alistair Overeem which occurred at last month’s UFC 213 event. Prior to that, the Brazilian defeated Travis Browne via decision.
As for “The Black Beast”, Derrick Lewis is coming off of a TKO loss to knockout artist Mark Hunt. That setback snapped a six fight winning streak for Lewis, which included wins over Travis Browne and Roy Nelson.
Also slated for the UFC 216 fight card is a women’s flyweight fight between Jessica Eye and fan favorite Paige VanZant.
VanZant will enter this fight having recently been choked out by the ever-dangerous “Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson. Prior to this loss, VanZant picked up a 2016 knockout of the year contender, snuffing Bec Rawlings with a jumping switch kick. This win, meanwhile, was preceded by a bloody submission loss to top contender Rose Namajunas.
Eye, meanwhile, is neck deep in a four-fight losing streak at bantamweight. This streak has seen her give up decisions to Miesha Tate, Julianna Pena, Sara McMann, and most recently, Bethe Correia. This flyweight fight with VanZant, then, is likely a make or break fight for her. Luckily, Eye has long felt that she is best suited for the flyweight division, rather than the bantamweight division, where she is undersized.
Check out the current UFC 216 pay-per-view fight card below:
Lightweight: Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee
Heavyweight: Fabrício Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis
Flyweight: Paige VanZant vs. Jessica Eye
Lightweight: Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham
Lightweight: Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
Middleweight: Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares
Flyweight: John Moraga vs. Magomed Bibulatov
Flyweight: Matt Schnell vs. Marco Beltrán
Heavyweight: Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer
Lightweight: Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata