Kevin lee He was released from the UFC after nearly eight years with the company, UFC officials confirmed to MMA Fighting on Tuesday. Lee (18-7),
Kevin lee He was released from the UFC after nearly eight years with the company, UFC officials confirmed to MMA Fighting on Tuesday.
Lee (18-7), a former interim lightweight title challenger, was fired after losing five of his last seven Octagon appearances dating back to October 2017. Lee’s only victories during that career were against Edson barboza and Gregor gillespie , who arrived due to unemployment.
The “Motown Phenom” has defeated a roster of talented fighters under the UFC banner since 2014, including the naked butt choke finals on Michael Chiesa and Francisco Trinaldo , but fell short in his attempt to capture the interim championship against Tony ferguson on UFC. 216 .
Lee topped four Fight Night cards after that championship fight, going 1-3 with losses to Al Iaquinta , Rafael dos Anjos and Charles Oliveira and defeating Barboza. Lee’s last appearance in the Octagon saw him lose a decision to Daniel Rodriguez in a welterweight contest.
It was recently announced that Lee received a six-month suspension after testing positive for amphetamines following his loss to Rodriguez. Lee later revealed using Adderall to treat ADHD .
Kevin Lee fought Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight championship in October 2017
When the lightweight champion Conor mcgregor had not defended his belt for almost a year, the UFC decided to set up an interim title showdown between the top 155-pound contenders. Tony ferguson and Kevin Lee.
Ferguson and Lee met at UFC 216 on October 7, 2017, inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. ‘El Cucuy’ won the match using a triangular choke to knock out his opponent in a time of 4:02 in the third round.