Kevin Lee Wants To Get Charles Oliveira Loss Back

New Eagle FC signing Kevin Lee hopes to one day have the opportunity to exact revenge on UFC Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira.

The pair met in the main event of a Brazil-held UFC Fight Night in March 2020. It was the final card before the COVI…

Kevin Lee, UFC Fight Night: Lee vs. Oliveira

New Eagle FC signing Kevin Lee hopes to one day have the opportunity to exact revenge on UFC Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira.

The pair met in the main event of a Brazil-held UFC Fight Night in March 2020. It was the final card before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the UFC to shut down for a number of weeks.

Heading into the clash, Lee was riding high off the back of a memorable knockout of Gregor Gillespie at UFC 244 four months prior. Oliveira, meanwhile, carried a six-fight win streak into the headline bout.

While he didn’t have the support of a home crowd behind him, Oliveira secured a submission victory that would have had the fans on their feet inside the Nilson Nelson Gymnasium, had it not been empty.

Despite a strong opening two rounds for Lee, the Brazilian’s ability on the ground was too much. “The Motown Phenom” tapped to a guillotine choke in the third frame.

Lee Envisions Future Revenge Against Oliveira

After that fight, Oliveira went on to dominate Tony Ferguson and win the vacant lightweight gold with a TKO victory over Michael Chandler soon after. Last month he defended the title against Dustin Poirier, whom many considered to be the best lightweight on the plant, cementing his spot on the 155-pound throne.

Meanwhile, Lee took an extended break from the sport. Upon his return in August 2021, he fell to a fourth defeat in five fights against top welterweight striker Daniel Rodriguez. That loss was followed by a six-month USADA suspensions and his release from the UFC.

While he’ll be focusing on returning to form when he debuts for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC promotion this year, Lee still has one eye on the past. During an appearance on The Schmozone Podcast, “The Motown Phenom” admitted he wants to get his loss to Oliveira back.

“There’s a lot of things surrounding that fight. I want that fight back. We’ll see. We’ll make that happen in the future, at some point. I gotta prove I’m the best at ’65 first. And then, at some point, maybe we make that fight.”

Discussing what he’d have changed leading up to his defeat to “Do Bronx,” Lee suggested he should have taken more time after his KO win against Gillespie. According to the former interim title challenger, he was “talked” into returning so soon.

“(I’d have) took more time. Took more time, for sure. After I fought Gillespie, I needed some time off. I needed some time to let it sink in. Instead, I just rode the wave, and I was talked into riding the wave and going into the next fight.”

Lee went on to describe what went wrong prior to UFC Brasilia. As well as the quick turnaround, the 28-year-old cited his first winter in Canada at the Tristar gym, travel, and the fact he underestimated Oliveira as reasons behind the devastating loss.

“That moment (the Gillespie KO) was so big, that I knew I had to let it sink in. It was my first real camp with Firas (Zahabi). So I felt like we learned a lot about each other. I was just trying to get my feet underneath me in Canada and in Montreal, but then I had to go back home to kinda handle some stuff here in Vegas. Then I took that fight and it was right back into it. It was right back to Canada, in the middle of winter; it had been six or seven years since I had dealt with the winter. That’s another layer on top of it.

“It was a lot to deal with. On top of that, they flew me to Brazil on one day, and then back; all this happened within a five-week span of getting ready to fight someone like Oliveira. I think part of it was I underestimated Oliveira until mid-way through the second round. Then I was like, ‘This dude’s legit, fuck.'”

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If he’s to make his way back to a clash with the reigning 155-pound UFC titleholder, Lee will have to make a splash in the rising Eagle FC promotion. Having finally been given the chance to show his talents at 165 pounds, “The Motown Phenom” must prove his claim to be the best at that weight to be true.

If he can find success in the coming months and years, starting with his likely debut against Diego Sanchez in March, perhaps we’ll see Lee get the chance for redemption against Oliveira before his career is done.

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Kevin Lee Knew He Wasn’t Ready To Fight Tony Ferguson

Kevin LeeKevin Lee admits he wasn’t ready to fight Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title back in 2017 but decided to call ‘El Cucuy’ out anyway. ‘The Motown Phenom’ was riding a five-fight winning streak and had beaten the likes of Michael Chiesa, Francisco Trinaldo and Jake Matthews to earn a 155lb title shot. During […]

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Kevin Lee admits he wasn’t ready to fight Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title back in 2017 but decided to call ‘El Cucuy’ out anyway.

‘The Motown Phenom’ was riding a five-fight winning streak and had beaten the likes of Michael Chiesa, Francisco Trinaldo and Jake Matthews to earn a 155lb title shot.

During a recent interview with The Schmo, Lee admitted he sometimes regrets pursuing a fight with Ferguson – one of the best lightweight fighters in UFC history.

“I’m not gonna say I would do it differently because I don’t regret anything. I might have done some stuff better though,” Lee said. “When I first made like, the big push, when you see me do the Michael Chiesa thing. I didn’t know that that was gonna happen, no regrets, no regrets. But even afterwards, the calling out Tony Ferguson, and getting that fight way too soon, way before I was supposed to get that fight.

“Sometimes I regret it, I’m not gonna lie to you,” Lee confessed. “Sometimes I regret having that overriding confidence to do something you know you shouldn’t do. I knew I wasn’t ready for Tony, at the time I took that fight. I just was like, ‘Alright, we gonna do it. Gonna put my balls out there and we’re gonna see what it is.’ My balls was bigger than my brain.” (Transcribed by MMA News)

Kevin Lee Was Recently Cut By The UFC

Despite being just 29 years old and seemingly having a lot left to give, Lee was recently let go by the UFC and has since signed with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC.

During a recent interview with LowKickMMA, Lee spoke with optimism about his fighting future that will see him compete at 165lbs, with his first opponent being Diego Sanchez.

“That was huge,” Lee said of being allowed to compete at 165lbs in Eagle FC. “Not only will my body feel better, I feel like it’s my natural weight class but it’s brand new. So, that means I get to be the inaugural champion for any promotion. I think in the future, once we get away from the UFC being the top dog and all this, those things write well in history. So to be the first 165 world champion means a lot to me.”

Do you think Kevin Lee fought for the UFC title too soon?

Kevin Lee: I Knew I Wasn’t Ready For Tony Ferguson

Former UFC interim lightweight title challenger Kevin Lee wasn’t ready for the spotlight that came with his fight against Tony Ferguson.

Lee was recently released by the UFC in a stunning move by the promotion. Despite losses in four of his last fi…

Tony Ferguson, Kevin Lee

Former UFC interim lightweight title challenger Kevin Lee wasn’t ready for the spotlight that came with his fight against Tony Ferguson.

Lee was recently released by the UFC in a stunning move by the promotion. Despite losses in four of his last five fights, he had faced stiff competition, including Charles Oliveira and Rafael dos Anjos.

Lee’s first true taste of free agency didn’t last long, as he opted to sign with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC promotion. It was arguably the biggest signing by a mid-tier promotion in 2021.

Lee was once thought of as one of the top lightweight prospects in the world, leading up to his loss to Ferguson at UFC 216. He had risen to the top of the lightweight division with wins in nine of his previous ten bouts.

During a recent interview with The Schmo, Lee was blatantly honest when discussing if he would’ve done anything different during his UFC tenure.

“I’m not gonna say I would do it differently because I don’t regret anything. I might have done some stuff better though,” Lee said. “When I first made like, the big push, when you see me do the Michael Chiesa thing. I didn’t know that that was gonna happen, no regrets, no regrets. But even afterwards, the calling out Tony Ferguson, and getting that fight way too soon, way before I was supposed to get that fight.

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“Sometimes I regret it, I’m not gonna lie to you. Sometimes I regret having that overriding confidence to do something you know you shouldn’t do. I knew I wasn’t ready for Tony, at the time I took that fight. I just was like, ‘Alright, we gonna do it. Gonna put my balls out there and we’re gonna see what it is.’ My balls was bigger than my brain.”

Lee has previously discussed just how brutal the buildup was to his fight with Ferguson. He’s mentioned that the weight-cutting process for the interim title bout made him delirious and physically depleted as he cut down to the 155-pound limit.

Lee is slated to make his Eagle FC debut against Diego Sanchez in March in a 165-pound matchup. It’ll be his prime opportunity to get back on track after recent struggles in the UFC.

Do you think Kevin Lee will ever eventually return to the UFC?

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Kevin Lee Is Not Impressed With Khamzat Chimaev

While many have touted UFC welterweight Khamzat Chimaev as a future champion, former interim title challenger Kevin Lee isn’t convinced.

Chimaev burst onto the scene in 2020, and despite a brief pause in his rise, “Borz” is well and truly back on t…

Kevin Lee, UFC 267: Chimaev vs. Jingliang

While many have touted UFC welterweight Khamzat Chimaev as a future champion, former interim title challenger Kevin Lee isn’t convinced.

Chimaev burst onto the scene in 2020, and despite a brief pause in his rise, “Borz” is well and truly back on the welterweight agenda.

The Chechen-born Swede made his initial splash on Fight Island with two wins in the space of 10 days, a modern UFC record. He added a third to his tally two months later when he knocked out middleweight veteran Gerald Meerschaert on his US debut. For the next year, Chimaev was forced to the sidelines by a troubling case of COVID-19.

Picking up where he left off, the promising 27-year-old re-emerged onto the scene at UFC 267 in October 2021. Adding to his previous Abu Dhabi success, Chimaev dominated and choked out ranked contender Li Jingliang in a vicious fashion.

Lee Doesn’t Buy The Chimaev Hype

Now ranked just outside the top 10 in the welterweight rankings, many are expecting Chimaev to secure a title shot with one or two more impressive victories. And despite the dominance of Kamaru Usman, “Borz” is being tipped by some as the man who can dethrone “The Nigerian Nightmare.”

One fighter who doesn’t share that sentiment is Kevin Lee. The former UFC Welterweight, who recently signed for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC promotion, hasn’t boarded the Chimaev hype train and is not impressed by the up-and-comer. According to “The Motown Phenom,” Chimaev is yet to do anything special.

“I think he’s just getting a lot of buzz,” Lee said during an appearance on The Schmozone podcast. “People see him beat Li Jingliang and all of a sudden he’s like, the new God or something. I’ve been in the gyms with both these guys, so he’s alright. But he’s alright, you know. He’s not doing nothing that’s like crazy or anything. Honestly, he doesn’t really impress me too much. He’s just aggressive.”

Lee, who fell short of interim lightweight gold against Tony Ferguson in 2017, will be looking to pursue title glory elsewhere after seven years in the UFC. Chimaev, meanwhile, will be looking to achieve more success on MMA’s biggest stage than “The Motown Phenom” ultimately managed to.

Do you agree with Kevin Lee or are you aboard the Khamzat Chimaev hype train?

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Kevin Lee Jealous Of Sean O’Malley For Cherry Picking Fights

Kevin LeeKevin Lee parted ways with the UFC following a tough run against high-level competition, which saw him go 1-4 in the promotion since late 2018. However, he wasn’t out of mixed martial arts for very long and has since found his new home under Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC. Kevin Lee will enter in at the […]

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee parted ways with the UFC following a tough run against high-level competition, which saw him go 1-4 in the promotion since late 2018. However, he wasn’t out of mixed martial arts for very long and has since found his new home under Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC. Kevin Lee will enter in at the newly formed 165lbs division and is rumoured to be making his debut against UFC veteran Diego Sanchez.

“The Motown Phenom” did have success during his time with the UFC enjoying wins over Gregor Gillespie, Edson Barboza and Michael Chiesa.  Lee would have an opportunity at an interim title in a matchup against Tony Ferguson but would all just short this time around.

Kevin Lee Praises O’Malley’s Decision Making

Having had time to reflect since leaving the promotions, speaking with The Schmo Lee states how he would approach things differently, similarly to how Sean O’Malley has been now.

“I’ve got to tip my hat to Sean O’Malley. He knows how to come up. He did it the right way. Honestly, I wish I would have took a couple of pages or two out of his book and had that ability to kind of pick and choose my fights and put on great performances like that. He’s doing it the right way.

“I’m not mad at him for it. I’m a little jealous, I ain’t going to lie. He doesn’t have to fight jiu-jitsu black belts and then in the next fight, fight a world-class striker and then fight a world-champion kickboxer and then fight a wrestler. He doesn’t have to do that. I’m a little jealous. But I tip my hat to him for doing that, though.”(transcribed by mmamania.com)

This method has clearly worked for O’Malley who has amassed a huge following along the way whilst earning himself eight victories inside of the promotion. His only loss coming to Marlon Vera which in turn has created a highly anticipated rematch for the pair in the future.

How do you think Kevin Lee will do competing in Eagle FC?

Kevin Lee vs. Diego Sanchez Booked For March 11 Eagle FC Event

Kevin Lee has his first fight under the Eagle FC banner booked against another former UFC mainstay in Diego Sanchez.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Kevin Lee found himself a new home following his sudden UFC release. He announced that he …

Kevin Lee, Diego Sanchez

Kevin Lee has his first fight under the Eagle FC banner booked against another former UFC mainstay in Diego Sanchez.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Kevin Lee found himself a new home following his sudden UFC release. He announced that he would be joining Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC promotion after a relatively brief free-agency period. At the time, the only additional details revealed was that it was a multi-fight contract and that he would be compensated entirely in bitcoin. There was no word on who his first opponent would be.

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Fast-forward to Christmas weekend and multiple sources have now confirmed that Lee will debut in the promotion against the original Ultimate Fighter, Diego Sanchez. Like Lee, Sanchez will also be competing for the first time since his UFC release. This bout will be contested at 165 lbs.

Between the two of them, these competitors are 0-3 in their last three fights. In Lee’s case, he is 1-4 out of his last five, with losses to Al Iaquinta; Rafael dos Anjos; reigning UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira; and most recently, Daniel Rodriguez. Prior to these struggles, Lee once put himself in a position to challenge for the UFC interim lightweight championship and strung together five consecutive UFC victories at one point.

Diego Sanchez made headlines this year for his tumultuous split first from the UFC and then from his mentor and trainer Joshua Fabia. There were talks of Sanchez potentially joining Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, but now we have learned that “The Nightmare” has decided to take his talents to the Eagle FC instead. This news comes after Sanchez’s recent health scare in his battle against COVID-19. He most recently competed in September 2020 in a loss to Jake Matthews.

MMA News will bring you full coverage of this March 11 Eagle FC card as well as any relevant updates in connection to this bout.

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