UFC 216: Demetrious Johnson looks to make history and cement his legacy

Paulie Malignaggi

Paulie Malignaggi

"And I don't care, "Oh well, he's in this division" ... it doesn't matter!" said UFC lightweight Paul Felder, who will be making his Fox Sports studio analyst debut Saturday for UFC 216.

Evan Dunham's young daughter was restless and couldn't fall asleep for hours on end Sunday night. At 40 years old, Werdum is trying to bounce back from a slump in which he's lost two of his last three fights including a match against Alistair Overeem at UFC 213. Everyone Dunham reached out to was safe, but he felt the heartbreak of the community where's he lived for almost a decade as the sunrise ushered in a new day.

UFC president Dana White told ESPN earlier this week the UFC 216 event will be "dedicated to the entire city of Las Vegas".

"Aside from the bulls***, I know he's a good athlete and a gamer and he's going to bring everything that he can, but I want it more than him", he said of Lee.

"I think styles make fights".

Saturday's event, which takes place inside T-Mobile Arena, is headlined by an interim lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee, a resident of Las Vegas.

"He's got to prove he's ready to fight", Lee said of McGregor. Vannata nearly picked up the victory here, and grew massively in popularity, making himself one of the most must-see attractions in the UFC lightweight division overnight. He's a coward. It ain't going to happen. "But now I've got a job to do".

Ferguson, who is on a nine-fight win streak dating to October 2013, is the No. 2-ranked lightweight fighter in the world behind McGregor, according to ESPN.

Based on TV ratings and reported pay-for-view buys, UFC fans have never exactly warmed up to the smallest men's division and the 31-year-old phenom who has ruled the 125-pounders for five years with his speed, agility, elusiveness and cardio.

"There are so much bigger things in life", Lee said. Seriously. I watch a lot of movies.

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Although Ferguson resides in Orange County, Calif., the tragedy may have resonated the strongest of any fighter on the card with him.

Ferguson said: "My family had just got out of church, my wife, her parents and my son".