The new interim champion submitted Kevin Lee in an absorbing encounter in Las Vegas which saw Ferguson dropped in the first round.
All the while Ferguson had his mind on other things following his win, directing his energy toward Conor McGregor soon after, having less amicable words for the fighter.
Following his fight with Ferguson, Lee's emotions washed across his face as he fielded questions from the media about the fight and his future, admitting that it's probably time for him to take a break. He's not mentioned my name one time.
When talking about a potential match-up with the Irishman, Ferguson said: "I'll ankle-pick him".
McGregor said that he will wait for the results at UFC 216 before making any decisions on his first fight back in the UFC. "Doesn't make sense. It's the fight that has to happen".
Nevada State Athletic Commission director Bob Bennett announced that as long as Lee was cleared to continue cutting weight by a doctor, the 25-year-old would be given an additional hour to shed the remaining pound.
McGregor could want to wait until St. Patrick's Day night for his return after pocketing an estimated $100 million against Mayweather, but the UFC may press to have him return in its December 30 card.
"That's what we do", Johnson said of the unique end that increased his winning streak to 13. But if he isn't going to defend it, I'll tell you what: "Just set it down, Conor, and just (expletive) walk away, and nobody will get hurt". Lee knows where he would weigh in. I've got both belts, a chunk of money, and a little family on the way. There's a lingering trilogy fight with Nate Diaz, as well as an unsettled rivalry with retired boxing champion Paulie Mallignaggi.
White also said regarding McGregor vs Ferguson, "There's no way it's not a great fight - impossible". He needs to defend or vacate.