ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Kevin Lee believes his dominant performance over Edson Barboza in the UFC Fight Night 128 Main Event would put him in the lead in the lightweight title picture.
Lee (17-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) earns a one-sided TKO over Barboza (19-6 MMA, 13-6 UFC) in the fifth round of their FS1 TV broadcast on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Following the fall short of the 155-pound belt against Tony Ferguson at UFC 216 in October, Lee recovered well with his best performance to date. Provided that Conor McGregor does not return to the UFC soon and Ferguson recovers from a knee replacement, Lee Lee brings the fight against UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, along with players like Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez. "The Motown Phenom" said he should jump ahead of everyone else.
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"I feel like I'm missing a complete style for this game and I can raise many questions that people want answers to, especially with people like Khabib. He can not outsmart me, he can not outsmart me, he can not beat me. So we'll see what the better fight is and what the UFC really wants, because that's really important.
If Lee does not get a title fight against Nurmagomedov (26-0 MMA, 10- 0 UFC) next, he said he is ready to fight one of his fellow combatants next, from Poirier (23-5 MMA, 15- 4 UFC) over Alvarez (29-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) to Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) Lee said he'll take out anyone who's in front of him If the UFC Nurmagomedov wants to give his most problematic challenge, he should know who to call.
"Nate does not really want to fight," Lee said, and I said to him, "Hold up (exhortation) or leave back to cycling. "A month later, he posted a photo of him on wheels, so I guess he already did, gave me the W. We'll see how the whole thing is shaking out things, we'll see what Conor does as he sits on the sidelines or what he wants, but I have the feeling that Khabib is the next fight. "
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Although the impressive effect of Lee's performance is hard to deny, he may be hurt by the fact that he lost 128 weight before the UFC Fight Night -old came in a pound above the contracted limit of £ 156, and while admitting he was disappointed with his shortcoming, said he would not allow the situation to spoil his performance.
"It was frustrating," Lee said. "Everything in me wanted to say something, I've never lost weight in my life before, it was just a waste of time, I feel like if I had 15 more minutes, man, I could have done that, but as soon as it happened, it happened I have to focus on the fight, I've gotten ahead, and that just shows the mental strength in. We've misunderstood it a little bit, my personal scale was a bit off the official scale and I mean, it's just that A real champion had to keep fighting forward, he tested me more than I expected. "
Lee's win over Barboza was virtually flawless, but he made an almost fatal mistake in the third round when he was surprised by a Brazilian striker. Lee said the fact that he was able to overcome adversity was further proof of his position as champion. Overall, he was satisfied with what he presented in the Octagon.
"I feel pretty good," Lee said. I'm always happy with it, I'm always critical of myself, I even see some places where we can tidy up, but that's just part of the game, it's what prevents and drives people like me I got in there, I used the time, I used my experience, and I think real fighters and real fighters have seen it, and it turned out, I showed that I still have a lot of time in this sport. "
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