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Kevin Lee Says Things Are About To Get Very Interesting In The UFC Lightweight Division

Kevin Lee will fight Edson Barboza next month and he thinks there's about to be a big shakeup at 155-pounds.

Kevin Lee has never been one not to have confidence in himself and he’s going to need it if he’s going to make it to the top of the pile a 155-pounds.

With the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson and Conor McGregor all in the title picture in the lightweight division, Lee knows he’s going to have to be prepared to face and defeat some of the best fighters in the world if he’s to ever hold the title.

Speaking with Submission Radio this past week, Lee gave his own thoughts on how he sees the division out and what his path to the title will be.

“I think me and Khabib are the fight to make after this,” Lee said.

“We’ll see how all this thing shakes up.

“I’m not really… I always look at a path that I’ve got, especially for the year, but we’ll see, we’ll see how this is shaking up.

“It’s gonna turn out interesting. Like you said, there’s a lot of good options. I think I’m still the marquee fight in this division for anybody.”

A fight with the Russian Nurmagomedov appears to be Lee’s favoured next opponent, but Lee says he’s not looking past Barboza. If the opportunity does come about Lee says he will have no problem going to fight Nurmagomedov in his own backyard in Russia.


“I think I called for that a couple of years ago,” Lee said.

“I wanted to fight him in Russia, I wanted to fight the other boy, Khabilov, the 155-pounder.

“I mean, I’ll fight anybody, anywhere.

“It’s usually those fights where I’m the underdog or I’m going down to Brazil and I’m fighting their hometown heroes and those are the fights where I’m gonna shine. You’re gonna see it in Atlantic City.”

Lee wouldn’t just stop at fighting Nurmagomedov in Russia though. According to Xtreme Couture man he’d happily fight McGregor in Ireland and he says it’s going to be a exciting time to be fighting at 155-pounds.

“Edson trains in Atlantic City or he trains in New Jersey I think, so you’re gonna see it again.

“I’ll beat Edson in New Jersey and then I’ll go out there and beat Khabib in Russia. And then, who knows, maybe we’ll throw a stadium show with Conor McGregor in the future in Ireland.

“We’ll see how this whole thing shakes out. It’s a big couple of years for the lightweight division and I’m excited to push that forward.”

Listen to the full interview:

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