Bellator Says Kevin Lee Negotiation Talks Never Happened

Published 12/06/2021, 6:09 AM EST


Former lightweight title challenger Kevin Lee has found himself in a difficult situation. Since his release from UFC, the fighter is apparently looking out for ways to get back into the spotlight. His management has even stated that the UFC has made a serious mistake of releasing the fighter early from his contract.

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Reportedly, the fighter had many fights left on his contract, but the promotion never allowed him to pull through. More reports from within the community suggest, even Bellator MMA has showcased no interest in him either. Following the conclusion of Bellator 272, Scott Coker clarified that he is happy with his current roster.

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Kevin Lee might be in troubled waters following his release

UFC has been a top-rated organization with elite athletes from the world over. The lightweight division of the promotion harnesses some of the biggest names in all of UFC. This includes the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Chandler, Dustin Poirier, Charles Oliveira, Justin Gaethje, and many more.

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Kevin Lee, though, failed to live up to the expectations and produced lackluster performances in the UFC. This could have been the leading reason behind Scott Coker no longer being interested in the released fighter.

According to insider reports from MMA journalist Nolan King, Scott is quite adamant about not signing new names to the lightweight division.

More information from the same source suggests that the two parties were in fact in conversation. However, contract negotiations were never a part of the conversation. This has made things even more difficult for the former UFC fighter, as he steps into free agency.

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Where could Kevin end up in 2022?

All thanks to the growing popularity of MMA, new promotions and elaborate new options have popped up. Fighters can look out for promotions like BKFC (Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship), PFL (Pro Fighting League), Triller Triad Combats, One Championship, and many m0re. These promotions could become the next home for Kevin in 2022, and he could even make a run for the world title.

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Where do you wish to see Kevin go next? Do you think he will ever return to the UFC? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Ayank Chourasia

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Ayank Chourasia is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. He has been writing since 2016 across various fields, having done his BBA from T.I.

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