UFC president Dana White announced the fight following the Tuesday Night Contender Series in Las Vegas.
White also added that Lee got the shot at the interim title after top ranked contender Khabib Nurmagomedov was unable to accept the fight due to injury. MMAWeekly.com reached out to Nurmagomedov’s management team for comment, but they have offered no response as of yet.
Ferguson (22-3) has won his last nine fights in a row as he’s climbed the rankings in the lightweight division, including a win over former champion Rafael dos Anjos last November. Ferguson was previously scheduled for an interim lightweight title fight in March, but Nurmagomedov was unable to make weight and the bout was scrapped with just 24 hours to go until the event.
As for Lee (16-2), he will get his first crack at UFC gold as well while riding a five-fight win streak including four of those victories coming by way of knockout or submission.
Most recently, Lee dispatched former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Michael Chiesa by first round rear naked choke to put himself into position for a top fight in the division.
Now, Lee will get his wish as he faces Ferguson with the interim lightweight championship on the line.