“He’s Getting a Little More Vocal”- Kevin Lee Says UFC Fans Are Finally Seeing Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Career for What It Is

Published 08/25/2021, 7:22 AM EDT
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)


Kevin Lee sat down for a chat with Ariel Helwano recently. ‘The Motown Phenom’ is set to make a return to the UFC Octagon next month in the welterweight division. One person Lee had wanted to fight several times in the past is the former UFC lightweight kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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However, ‘The Eagle’ is now retired. Lee expressed his disappointment on not ever getting the opportunity. He believes the Russian retired too early. He also pointed out that the Dagestani never actually fought an elite grappler like him in the UFC.

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I feel like now you’re starting to see now that he’s getting a little more vocal and people are sitting back and really looking at the whole career, they’re really seeing it for what it is and not just all this hype and all these Russian bots that kind of get behind him,” said Lee to Helwani.

It is a little disappointing that fight never happened with me and Khabib if he doesn’t come back, but I see the man’s out there playing soccer, so who knows maybe I might pick up a soccer ball or something and kick something around and we can have a little one-on-one match one of these days. Who knows,” he added.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – APRIL 21: Kevin Lee celebrates after his TKO victory over Edson Barboza of Brazil in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at the Boardwalk Hall on April 21, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

While Lee was once touted as possible kryptonite for Nurmagomedov, ‘The Eagle’ completely dominated whoever he fought. As for Lee, his career took some roadblocks that eventually stopped him from ever facing the former lightweight champion.

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Can Kevin Lee make his mark in the welterweight division?

Lee faces Daniel Rodriguez upon his return. He was set to fight Sen Brady initially. But that fight had to be called off several times. Lee had previously fought only once in the division against Rafael Dos Anjos.

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)

Despite being 0-1 in the division, Lee believes he is a nightmare for the top welterweights. If he can live up to his potential, remains to be seen.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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