Kevin Lee has signed a multi-fight exclusive deal with Eagle Fighting Championship, the promotion owned by retired former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The news was first reported by Ariel Helwani and then confirmed in a press conference was held on Wednesday in Miami, where Lee appeared and talked about his decision to sign with the promotion. Motown Phenom explained that a key factor in his signing was the establishment of a 165-pound unit, which is something he’s been proposing for several years.
“It was an important part of this decision,” Lee said. “I am really grateful that Eagle FC is willing to do a £165 division. I think it’s going to benefit a lot of guys and I’m the best in the world at that weight. I’ve been saying that for a long time and that’s a big part of why I’m here.
“I’ll be the first 165-pound world champion,” Lee continued. “There have been world champions at 55. There have been world champions at 70, and I will be the first [at 65] and it’s great to make a little history for mixed martial arts. “
Lee also revealed that his debut is slated to take place in March and it will be up against an opponent to be determined soon.
29 years old is recently released from his UFC contract after a unanimous decision loss to Daniel Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 35 this past August. Ending his seven-year stint with promotion has seen Lee amass a record of just 1-4 in five games, with the only win coming more than two years ago by ‘Knockout of the Year’ candidate against Gregor Gillespie at UFC 244. He tried to follow that performance a few months later, going up against current UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, but ended up in the third round of their fight.
Prior to a losing streak under the UFC flag, Lee had secured wins against notable names like Magomed Mustafaev, Francisco Trinaldo and Michael Chiesa, all by submission. After winning five in a row, he met Tony Ferguson for the UFC interim lightweight title at UFC 216. Despite a strong start, Lee ultimately still managed to win. sent through the third ring triangle inductor.
Lee returned to the winning column with a Technical knockout of Edson Barboza at UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee, but dropped the next two matches against Al Iaquinta and Rafael dos Anjos, the latter of which was his welterweight debut.
Lee holds the overall record of 18-7 as a professional tennis player.
https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2021/12/15/22838060/kevin-lee-signs-multi-fight-deal-with-eagle-fc-plans-to-compete-in-165-pound-division-mma-news Kevin Lee signs multi-match contract with Khabib’s Eagle FC, plans to compete at 165 lbs