‘I’m Gonna Shed Some Blood for Him’- Kevin Lee on Working Under Khabib Nurmagomedov

Published 12/16/2021, 11:01 AM EST
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


Kevin Lee kept his fighting options open after being released from the UFC last month. The fighter recently officially joined Khabib Nurmagomedov’s fighting promotion, Eagle FC. Kevin Lee signed a multi-fight deal with Eagle FC and revealed that he plans to compete as a 165 pound fighter in the promotion.

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Some people found it quite ironic that Lee joined Khabib’s promotion because when Khabib was at the UFC, Lee was taking shots at him and wanted to fight the Dagestani native.

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Lee recently spoke with MMA reporter Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour about his new contract with Eagle FC.

“Yeah, it was the first time I actually ever met him in person. We didn’t have to go into you know, oh I wanted to fight you and then I’ll be cool… We didn’t even have to speak on all that you know. You could just kind of tell off a man’s eyes sometimes with the messages behind it. And I’m going to let the action speak. You know I’m going to go out there and I’m gonna shed some blood for him,” said Kevin Lee.

Knowing the history of their relationship at the UFC, Helwani went on to question Lee if it was uncomfortable for him when he met Khabib for the first time. To that, Lee responded, “No tension. I mean, Khabib’s a respectful guy, you know. He gets a lot of respect for a reason. So there’s no tension, no nothing like that. “

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Kevin Lee on how he’s getting paid at Eagle FC

In his interview on the MMA Hour, Kevin Lee revealed that he will get paid for his fights via Bitcoin. Lee showed his support for cryptocurrency and also revealed that he invests most of the money he earns.

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)

He told Helwani, “I’ve been investing in them since 2017… when I had the knee surgeries, it saved my a**. Because I forgot about that money, but then when bitcoin blew back up uh that gave me some money to live off of.”

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Lee will receive his entire paycheck in the form of Bitcoin. Do you think it is a smart idea for him to take his paycheck via Bitcoin? Please do let us know in the comments section below.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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