‘I Saw Him Just Get Dismantled’- Kevin Lee Claims He Would Easily Beat Tony Ferguson in a Rematch

Published 08/23/2021, 12:16 PM EDT
Mar 14, 2020; Brasilia, DF, Brazil; Kevin Lee in the press room after fighting Charles Oliveira during UFC Fight Night at Ginasio Nilson Nelson. Mandatory Credit: Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports


UFC lightweight turned welterweight contender, Kevin Lee believes it will be easy for him to beat ‘El Cucuy’ Tony Ferguson in a rematch. ‘The Motown Phenom’ had fought Ferguson for the interim lightweight title at UFC 216 in October 2017. Ferguson had captured the gold with a triangle choke submission lock.

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After that win, Ferguson’s career has gone downhill. He lost 3 fights in a row and didn’t look competitive in any one of them. Although Lee too has struggled recently, he is almost a decade younger than Ferguson and thus has a better chance of making a comeback.

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In a recent interview given to MMA reporter James Lynch, Lee answered if he wants to fight Ferguson again, albeit in the welterweight division. According to him, the rematch, especially in the welterweight division, would go entirely different from the last time. Thus, he isn’t interested in matching him again.

“That was a fight that I was interested in up until I saw him just get dismantled by Charles Oliveira (at UFC 256), especially on the ground,” Lee told Lynch.

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“That one would kind of hurt my heart a little bit because I would beat him so bad that it would just of take away from our first fight. That’s one — I would do it, of course, I would do it. Easy money is easy money at this point — but I think he’s too far gone, I think he’s too far over the hill. I don’t like beating up on people that don’t put up a good fight,” he added.

What’s next for Kevin Lee?

Lee (18-6) will face Daniel Rodriguez this weekend at UFC Vegas 35. ‘The Motown Phenom’ was initially scheduled to face Sean Brady at UFC 264 but had to withdraw after he suffered an injury. The rescheduling of their fight also fell off after Brady complained about a foot infection. Thus, Rodriguez stepped up for the fight.

Lee hasn’t had great outings in his last few matches. He has lost 3 of his last four matches and hasn’t competed since his submission loss to Charles Oliveira in March last year. His only victory in the last four matches has come against Gregor Gillespie at UFC 244. ‘The Motown Phenom’ impressively knocked out ‘The Gift’ in round 1.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Kevin Lee celebrates his KO victory over Gregor Gillespie in their lightweight bout during the UFC 244 event at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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It will be interesting to see how he fares against a quality opponent like Rodriguez. As for his comments on Ferguson, only time will tell what ‘El Cucuy’ has to say about this.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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