Forward of a brand new starting, Kevin Lee can’t assist however look again on the one which received away.
Lee appeared on The MMA Hour this previous Monday to speak about his transfer as much as the welterweight division and his upcoming battle with Daniel Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 35 this Saturday in Las Vegas. Throughout his days contending at 155 kilos, “The Motown Phenom” confronted lots of the division’s greatest, however an extended sought-after matchup with Khabib Nurmagomedov eluded him.
Nurmagomedov retired final October because the reigning UFC light-weight champion with an unblemished 29-0 professional document, main many followers and members of the media to anoint him as one of many biggest fighters of all-time.
Lee isn’t satisfied and may Nurmagomedov ever compete once more, he’ll be proper again to campaigning for a battle with “The Eagle.”
“I’m a f*cking bug,” Lee mentioned. “I’m a f*cking bug, as soon as I received my eyes on you, I’m on you. Nothing that occurs can deter it. That’s only a man I wish to take a look at myself in opposition to and yeah, he’s an incredible champion and all that, however folks even now are beginning to see that he didn’t actually have the challenges that he ought to have needed to actually be an all-time nice. He by no means actually fought an incredible wrestler and that was one thing that I used to be seeing the entire time arising.
“I really feel like now you’re beginning to see now that he’s getting just a little extra vocal and individuals are sitting again and actually wanting on the complete profession, they’re actually seeing it for what it’s and never simply all this hype and all these Russian bots that form of get behind him.”
Lee went 11-5 preventing at light-weight (together with a pair of bouts that turned catchweights after Lee missed weight) and he holds notable victories over Gregor Gillespie, Michael Chiesa, and UFC Vegas 35 headliner Edson Barboza. He additionally fought Tony Ferguson for an interim light-weight title, shedding by third-round submission after a aggressive begin.
Regardless of dealing with a who’s who of the division’s greatest, Lee can’t assist however marvel how his profession arc can be completely different if he’d had the prospect to face Nurmagomedov or Nurmagomedov’s teammate, present light-weight contender Islam Makhachev.
“It’s a little disappointing,” Lee mentioned when requested about not getting the prospect to battle both man. “Generally I say just a little an excessive amount of and I really feel like they received a superb supervisor. Ali [Abdelaziz]’s a sensible man. He’s seen me round quite a bit they usually did they greatest to maintain them on the appropriate path.
“It’s a little disappointing that battle by no means occurred with me and Khabib if he doesn’t come again, however I see the person’s on the market enjoying soccer, so who is aware of perhaps I would choose up a soccer ball or one thing and kick one thing round and we are able to have just a little one-on-one match one in all today. Who is aware of?”