Kevin Lee Explains Why He Prefers To Fight Khabib Over Conor McGregor

Lee has a certain reason for this.

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Kevin Lee explains why he prefers to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov over Conor McGregor following their fight at the UFC 229 PPV event.

This is the biggest fight thus far this year by the UFC. The big question is if former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion can get back on top of the mountain.

Lee’s Past

As seen in the main event of UFC Atlantic City (April 21, 2018) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on FOX Sports 1, Lee picked up a TKO win in the fifth round over Edson Barboza.

Lee missed weight in his first attempt for his scheduled bout at UFC Atlantic City. Lee weighed in at 157 pounds with only three minutes to spare in the two-hour window. This marked the first time that he had missed weight.

Lee stated in a recent interview that he would rather fight the UFC lightweight champion. As to why? There’s a reason behind Lee’s prediction as he could be next in line for a title shot down the road.

Kevin Lee Explains

“I’d rather fight Khabib [Nurmagomedov] to be honest,” Lee told Farah Hannoun in a recent interview, per BJPenn.com. “Just because people see him as just this unstoppable tank. Ya know, Conor [McGregor’s] already got a couple losses on there. So Conor takes it away from me.

“To be the one to get rid of that 0… Something like that only comes around once in a lifetime. Especially with a guy like Khabib. I just see him, I’m a lion myself. When I see that meal I gotta go for it.”

The UFC 229 pay-per-view event is slated to take place on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.

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Kevin Lee Prefers Bout With Khabib Over Conor McGregor

Kevin Lee prefers to do battle with Khabib Nurmagomedov for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title rather than Conor McGregor. Lee is coming off a fifth round TKO victory over Edson Barboza. Outside of landing a near fight-finishing…

Kevin Lee prefers to do battle with Khabib Nurmagomedov for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title rather than Conor McGregor. Lee is coming off a fifth round TKO victory over Edson Barboza. Outside of landing a near fight-finishing spinning wheel kick in the third round, Barboza was dominated throughout the fight. It was a […]

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Kevin Lee Aiming For Anthony Pettis At UFC 229

Kevin Lee is aiming to fight Anthony Pettis at UFC 229.

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It’s no surprise to see Kevin Lee aiming to fight Anthony Pettis at UFC 229.

Lee (17-3) is currently the No. 5-ranked lightweight in the world. Pettis (21-7) occupies the  No. 8 spot, just three places behind Lee. A fight between “Showtime” and the “Motown Phenom” actually makes a lot of sense.

According to Lee who spoke with ESPN on Monday, he suggested a fight between him and Pettis to be added to the UFC 229 card.

When asked how the UFC responded to the suggested bout Lee said, ” I think the UFC likes the fight”.

The “Motown Phenom” has been in the news as of late. A rumored Nate Diaz fight was hinted at prior to Diaz’ return being announced against Dustin Poirier at UFC 230. Then Lee tried to lure Georges St-Pierre back out retirement for a fight.

That fight won’t be happening. Lee understands it’s just business.

“I get his reason for not taking a fight against me,” Lee said regarding GSP. “I’m a big risk and not much reward. I get it. I’ll move past it.”

“That said, I kind of took it a little bit as disrespect. I took it as a little bit of a challenge, that he doesn’t see me as worth his time. I’ll make my point. If I have to show how good I am again, and Anthony Pettis has to be the victim of it, then I’ll beat the f— out of Anthony Pettis.”

As of this writing, Lee doesn’t have an official fight scheduled for UFC 229, however, things can change very quickly in this sport and often they do. Regardless, Lee wants the rest of the division to know that just because he hasn’t been doing as many interviews as of late doesn’t mean he has fallen off.

“I’m the best lightweight out there, for sure,” Lee said. “Not only that, but I’m getting better and better. I’m constantly looking to improve myself. That’s why I’ve even stayed out of the media for bit, I’ve been working on my skills. Whatever the UFC decides, I’m going to be ready to go on Oct. 6, ready to make that weight, even if they don’t find me an opponent.”

Despite being ranked No. 5 in the lightweight division, Lee says the UFC was pushing him to move up to 170 pounds. Lee thinks that move is to protect the promotion’s undefeated champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov:

“They said that just because they’re trying to push me out of the division,” Lee said. “They’re trying to keep me away from the Russian [Nurmagomedov] boy for as long as possible. I’ve been calling him out for years. I get it, they have a big market in Russia they want to push into, and I’m bad for that business.”

“They’ll try to spin it and say it’s about my health, but at the end of the day, if you put me and Khabib on a scale right now, I’m lighter than the guy. I’m lighter than a lot of guys fighting at 155.”

If the UFC grants Lee his wish and books the ‘Motown Phenom’ v.s ‘Showtime’ at UFC 229, MMA fans will win.

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Kevin Lee Eyes Anthony Pettis for UFC 229

Kevin Lee really, really wants on the UFC 229 card this October. First, the #5 ranked Lee set his sights on a rematch with Al Iaquinta for the event. But with Iaquinta unavailable, he has now redirected his gaze to former lightweight champion Anthony P…

Kevin Lee really, really wants on the UFC 229 card this October. First, the #5 ranked Lee set his sights on a rematch with Al Iaquinta for the event. But with Iaquinta unavailable, he has now redirected his gaze to former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, who currently sits three spots below him at #8 in […]

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Kevin Lee Already Starts Camp For UFC 229

Kevin Lee already feels the itch to begin camp despite not having an opponent. Lee was last seen in action back in April. He went one-on-one with Edson Barboza. “The Motown Phenom” earned a dominant fifth round TKO victory. It’s widel…

Kevin Lee already feels the itch to begin camp despite not having an opponent. Lee was last seen in action back in April. He went one-on-one with Edson Barboza. “The Motown Phenom” earned a dominant fifth round TKO victory. It’s widely considered to be Lee’s most complete performance to date. Kevin Lee Already Starts Camp […]

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Kevin Lee Calls Out Al Iaquinta, Gets Called a Bird

Kevin Lee calls for a bout with Al Iaquinta and it didn’t take long for “Raging” to respond. Lee is coming off a dominant TKO victory over Edson Barboza back in April. It was a crucial win for “The Motown Phenom” as he wan…

Kevin Lee calls for a bout with Al Iaquinta and it didn’t take long for “Raging” to respond. Lee is coming off a dominant TKO victory over Edson Barboza back in April. It was a crucial win for “The Motown Phenom” as he wanted to rebound from his submission loss to Tony Ferguson in an […]

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