"It's his mindset that drives him through a lot of these fights", Lee said. At the UFC 216 weigh-ins in Las Vegas, the lightweight, competing for an interim title against Tony Ferguson Saturday, was a pound over the 155lb title fight limit for the weight class.
The UFC 216 weigh-ins wrapped up earlier today, but we still have the ceremonial event to go. Unfortunately, two days before the event, Borg got pulled due to illness and the fight was rescheduled for UFC 216.
It is rare that you will see a fighter earn two slots on a list such as this, so take that as a sign of just how exciting a fighter Tony Ferguson is.
Standing between Johnson and history is Borg, a 24-year-old from Arizona who took up fighting because his high school didn't have a wrestling team. "I am not going to let this guy beat me". Headlining the card will be an interim lightweight title bout between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee.
The episode is especially troubling for Ferguson, the Orange County fighter and No. 2-rated lightweight seeking the UFC's interim lightweight belt in Conor McGregor's absence.
UFC lightweight and Fox Sports analyst Paul Felder said "Mighty Mouse" - who goes for a UFC record 11th consecutive defense in the co-main event against third-ranked Ray Borg - is such a terrific fighter that what's fairly common inside the Octagon seems unthinkable against Johnson. "That was a big media day for us, and it was hard for me to focus or even talk about the fight".
Kevin Lee now has less than one hour to lose just a single pound. Instead of defending the championship, McGregor entered the world of boxing, losing to Floyd Mayweather by 10th round TKO in August. So I'm going to treat it like it's a competition, not a fight. With two titles on the line and tons of action, I can not wait to witness what happens when the UFC rolls into Las Vegas this Saturday.
Ferguson, who now possesses the highest win percentage in UFC history with a 12-1 record in the octagon, goes into tonight's bout as the favourite (10/23 with Ladbrokes at the time of writing).
Despite the differences in their recent records, this is a well-matched fight between two men with similar skill-sets, but I do think Dariush has a slight edge overall and will be able to impose his pressure game more than Dunham to edge out a decision victory here.
"What I did up there in Big Bear mountain was incredible", he added.