‘It’s Entirely in Bitcoin’- Kevin Lee Explains His Unique Deal With Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle Fighting Championship

Published 12/16/2021, 11:11 AM EST
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 has recently signed with Eagle FC after the UFC cut him from their roster last month. Eagle FC is a fighting promotion managed by the retired UFC icon Khabib Nurmagomedov. The promotion will soon be coming to the USA as Eagle FC’s first event will take place in Miami next year.

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Lee is one of the first biggest stars yet to sign with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s MMA promotion. The former UFC interim title contender will compete at 165 lbs instead of the lightweight division.

The fighter recently appeared in an interview on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and spoke about his new contract with Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC.

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In the interview, Lee revealed that he will be accepting the payment for his fights via bitcoin. he said, “I’ve been investing in them (Bitcoin) since 2017. After my fight with Tony, I invested in Bitcoin all the way back then. And it honestly, when I had the knee surgeries, it saved my a**. Because I forgot about that money, but then when bitcoin blew back up that gave me some money to live off of.”

“It’s something that I really believe in and really believe that’s honestly going to be the big future. So to be the first MMA fighter who has a deal, a deal worth millions of dollars, in Bitcoin, the first one, there was some appeal to that for me.”

Ariel further probed whether the deal was entirely to be paid in Bitcoin, and Lee answered, “It’s entirely in bitcoin.”

Kevin Lee on meeting Khabib

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When Kevin Lee was at the UFC and Khabib Nurmagomedov was still making his way up to the top of the lightweight rankings, Lee called out Khabib many times. The fighter wanted to get Nurmagomedov in the octagon with him and to do that, he trash-talked him in front of the media many times.

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)

In his interview with Ariel Helwani, Kevin Lee spoke about his first meeting with Khabib, which was at the press conference to Eagle FC. He said, “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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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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