Khabib Nurmagomedov is the only high-profile UFC lightweight to have yet suffered a defeat inside the Octagon, however, up-and-comer Kevin Lee feels he has the antidote for "The Eagle's" dominance.
Nurmagomedov is currently 24-0 in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career having earned wins over the likes of ex-UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and Michael Johnson. He was at one point set to face off against No. 2-ranked Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title at UFC 209 this past March, however, after a disastrous weight cut for the Russian he was hospitalized and forced off the card. As a result, Ferguson has been matched up with young rising star Kevin Lee, who has called out Nurmagomedov on multiple occasions.
Lee has proved himself to be quite an impressive grappler and submission artist. He is currently on a five fight win streak that he recently capped off with a submission win over Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Michael Chiesa at UFC Fight Night 112 this past June.
"The Motown Phenom" recently joined MMA Junkie Radio to discuss his upcoming match-up against Tony Ferguson at UFC 216 for the interim 155-pound title. Lee proceeded to rip into "The Eagle" for continuously dodging a fight against him (quotes via LowKickMMA):
“We can cut the (expletive) – (Nurmagomedov’s) just being a (expletive) about it,” Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) today told MMAjunkie Radio. “He just doesn’t want to fight. Bottom line, he doesn’t want to fight. He wants to hold onto that imaginary zero that he’s got.”
“I think he should focus on Tony,”Abdelaziz said. “He shouldn’t even care about Khabib.”
“I’m bigger than Khabib,” Lee said. “You stand me next to him – I’m 186 pounds right now, and I’m going to make the weight. I usually start at 188, 189.”
“Everybody knows – if you ask any fighter in this division, Tony is the toughest fight in this division,” Lee said. “Hands down. To me, he’s the real champ. You can say McGregor’s the champ, because he’s that on paper.
"But the man only has one fight. Tony’s got 11, 12? He’s already got double-digit fights in the (UFC’s) lightweight division. I’m (going to expletive) Tony Ferguson up,” Lee said. “There’s a reason why none of these dudes put my name in their mouth.”
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