Kevin Lee has been released from the UFC after nearly eight years in the company, UFC officials confirmed to MMA Fighting on Tuesday.
A one-time interim lightweight title challenger, Lee (18-7) was eliminated after losing five of his previous seven octagon appearances since October 2017. The only win of Lee in that run was against Edson Barboza and Gregor Gillespie, both come by stopping.
“Motown Phenom” has beaten a roster of talented fighters under the UFC banner since 2014, including knockdown finishes in the back. Michael Chiesa and Francisco Trinaldo, but he was flawed in his attempt to win the interim championship against Tony Ferguson in UFC 216.
Lee titled four Fight Night cards after that championship match, with a score of 1-3 with a loss Al Iaquinta, Rafael dos Anjos and Charles Oliveira and defeat Barboza. Lee’s last octagon appearance made him lose a decision Daniel Rodriguez in a weight class competition.
It was recently announced that Lee received a six-month suspension after he tested positive for amphetamines following a loss to Rodriguez. Lee then revealed he uses Adderall to treat ADHD.
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