“I’m the Best One in the World at That Weight”- Kevin Lee Signs With Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC at New 165 Weight Class

Published 12/15/2021, 11:59 PM EST
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 interim title challenger Kevin Lee has announced that he will be now officially fighting under Eagle FC. The promotion is the venture of now-retired UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. This news comes after Lee was unexpectedly released from the UFC after losing four of his last five fights in the organization.

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Lee, now fighting at a new 165 lbs weight class, is looking to make waves. Speaking to the media ‘The Motown Phenom’ said, “I’m the best one in the world at this weight.”

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Kevin Lee has had a bumpy ride in the UFC, losing his debut fight in the promotion to Al Iaquinta. However, he picked up the pace from there and made his way to a title fight against Tony Ferguson for the belt. The fight went well for ‘The Motown Phenom’ initially. However, Ferguson took over in the later rounds, submitting Lee in the third via triangle choke.

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)

After he lost the biggest fight of his life, Lee went 2-4. Whilst he beat the likes of Gregor Gillespie and Edson Barboza, he lost to Charles Oliveira and Daniel Rodriguez before getting cut from the promotion.

Can Kevin Lee win the 165 lbs title at Eagle FC?

Regardless of all that has been said about Kevin Lee, when fully healthy, he still is one of the best fighters in the world. Having a wrestling-heavy style and pretty good striking, ‘The Motown Phenom’ is a problem to most 165’ers.

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Kevin Lee has a unique body frame and would struggle to find which weight class was best for him in the UFC. Now at 165 pounds, not having to worry about making the weight along with the drop in quality of competition compared to the UFC, Lee could become champion.

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Nahum Lobo

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Nahum Lobo is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a media degree from St.Xavier's College, Nahum is a religious follower of events churned out by MMA promotions like Bellator and UFC.

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