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Kevin Lee’s Done a “Lot of The Heavy Lifting”, Planning Break From The Octagon

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC

After  a busy year, and a brutal weight cut for UFC 216, it sounds like we might not see Kevin Lee back in the Octagon for a little while.

Lee battled Tony Ferguson last weekend for the interim lightweight title, and was submitted in the third round by “El Cucuy”. The bout went down after Lee needed extra time to make weight for the contest, and with the powerful wrestler still dealing with a staph infection.

Recently “The Motown Phenom” appeared on Chael Sonnen’s “You’re Welcome” podcast, and while discussing his next move, Lee said this (quote via MMA Fighting):

“We’re gonna see. I’ve taken four fights in the last year. It’s been a major strain on my body. I think right now I need some time and see how everything shakes out in the division. Does McGregor fight Diaz? Does he fight Tony? Do they open up 165 [pounds]? Who’s there? Who’s gonna be top dog? I’m gonna let everything shake out. I’ve done a lot of the heavy lifting these past couple of months so I need some time to let my body rest.”

When you consider Lee’s schedule this past year, and what his body went through to compete at UFC 216, this definitely sounds like a plan. It also makes sense for Lee to wait and see what happens with the 155 title, although, you have to wonder what he’d say if the UFC offered him a bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov in the coming months.

Lee also talked about the issues he encountered making weight for the Ferguson fight. While discussing what he endured to lose the extra weight, Lee made this disturbing revelation:

“Like I said, I don’t even remember much. I don’t really know. I was kind of out of it and I just left it up to my coaches and they got the job done.

“Once I actually made the weight, as soon as I sat down I was more exhausted than I – I don’t think I’ve ever really felt like that in my life. I was carrying the stress of the whole event too so it was a lot.”

Scary stuff. No question. Hopefully extensive steps can be taken to address the trauma so many fighters are enduring to make weight for each fight.

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