Kevin Lee Announces Massive News for UFC Fans- Will Change Weight Class on Return

Published 05/11/2021, 12:43 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)


Kevin Lee is changing weight classes once again. The former interim lightweight title challenger is moving up from the weight class where he made his name and established himself as a top contender once again. Lee moved up to welterweight in May 2019 when he took on Rafael dos Anjos. The fight did not go his way as he succumbed to a loss against ‘RDA’. 

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After the fight, Lee moved back down to 155-pounds and secured a stunning knockout win over Gregor Gillespie. In his next fight, he took on the red-hot Charles Oliveira.

Lee succumbed to a loss as he dove right into a guillotine choke and was submitted in round three. ‘The Motown Phenom’ also missed weight, coming in at 158.5 pounds. Consequently, he has decided to move back up in weight once again. 

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Kevin Lee took to Twitter to share with his fans what is next for him. He said, “I’m moving to 170lbs for the foreseeable future. Oliveira can have the lightweights we’ll get that back later”

A move up in weight to 170-pounds makes sense for Lee given that he has had trouble multiple times in the past making weight at 155-pounds. 

The Motown Phenom’ went a step further to call out his opponent for his move back up. He tweeted, “@PlatinumPerry we fighting July 10 or what @seanshelby @danawhite”

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Mike Perry is 1-4 in his last five fights. He is currently on a two-fight skid, having succumbed to a loss against the likes of Tim Means and Daniel Rodriguez.

He will be looking to bounce back into the win column with a win in his next fight. 

Lee, on the other hand, is 2-3 in his last five fights. His most recent outing against Charles Oliveira was his last fight at 155-pounds for the time being.

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‘The Motown Phenom’ will be hoping that a fight against Mike Perry will be the perfect opportunity to kick start his career back at 170-pounds where he is yet to secure a win. 

What do you make of a possible fight between Kevin Lee and Mike Perry? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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