‘I’m Here To Take His Spot’- Kevin Lee Sends a Warning to Sean Brady Before Their Face Off

Published 06/01/2021, 11:57 AM EDT
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – JUNE 25: Kevin Lee celebrates after his submission victory over Michael Chiesa in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 25, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Former UFC lightweight fighter Kevin Lee recently decided to move up the division as he transitioned himself into the welterweight division. ‘The Motown Phenom’ is gearing up to make his divisional debut against Sean Brady at UFC 264.


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The American’s last fight in the lightweight division came against newly crowned champion Charles Oliveira at UFC Fight Night 170. He lost that fight via submission in Round 3.


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Recently, Lee appeared for an interview with The Schmo. He talked about his transition and where he will fit once he defeats Brady.

“I’m at the top of it. I’m already at top of the division,” Lee said. “Me and Kamaru have locked eyes before. I feel like that’s the match that needs to be made, eventually.”

He further said, “But for this one, I’m taking Sean Brady’s spot. He’s Top-15 like you said. He hasn’t fought (big names) anybody yet. He’s still young in his career.

“I mean we are of same age but I have kind of done everything he has done, twice almost. His biggest win is over Jake Matthews, I beat him 5 years ago. It only took me a round to do it but it took him 3 rounds so I’m here to take his spot,” he concluded.


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Lee (18-6) certainly won’t be proud of his recent record in the Octagon prior to his next fight. ‘The Motown Phenom’ has incurred 3 losses in his last 4 fights.

Prior to his submission loss against Oliveira, he had picked up an impressive KO win over Gregor Gillespie at UFC 244. Before this match, he had lost 2 fights on the trot against Rafael dos Anjos and Al Iaquinta.

Against Anjos, he lost via arm-triangle choke at UFC Fight Night 152 and suffered a unanimous decision loss against Iaquinta at UFC on Fox 31.

Brady has fought 4 fights in UFC and has an impeccable (14-0) win-loss record in MMA. His fighting style suggests that he is more of a grappler than a striker.


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His last two wins have come via submission. He won over Christian Aguilera at UFC Fight Night 175 via Guillotine choke and over Jake Matthews via arm-triangle choke at UFC 259.

Lee would be hoping to make a memorable debut in the new division and certainly believes he can do against Brady. Meanwhile, the latter would be hoping to pick up a big win against an established star.

Who will prevail in the end?


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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.