Kevin Lee’s return to MMA is coming, And it’s close enough that you already have a name and a date in mind.
The UFC lightweight contender would like to beat former interim champion Tony Ferguson on his return to the fight. Lee (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) He is currently recovering from major injuries that have kept him out of the cage since March 2020, but he said he is almost fit again to undergo a full training camp.
Lee wants to face Ferguson
“The Motown Phenom” Doesn’t Want an Easy Comeback and he hopes to fit in with a top-five opponent in Ferguson.
“That’s what they do in boxing: you facilitate the way back. But the way I feel, I don’t think it’s necessary. I’m going to fight Tony Ferguson. I think that fight makes sense from every angle. I don’t see anyone else out there for him to fight.
“It just makes sense and takes us back to where it should be. A fight with me and he will show that one of us has to win, one of us will have to go. So that’s a fight that interests me this summer. We’ll see what he’s talking about, but he’s number one in my book.
Lee underwent two surgeries in 2020 after tearing his left and right anterior cruciate ligament. The 28-year-old has been doing physical therapy in his hometown of Las Vegas and he’s almost completely fit to fight again.
The former interim UFC lightweight title challenger believes that in a couple of months he will be able to go through a full training camp. Lee wants to face Ferguson on his comeback in June or July.
«I would say that I am around 80 percent. I have nine months of my first ACL (surgery) and six months of my second ACL. They usually say, you know, in the past it used to be a year before guys came back 100 percent, but I think I’m on the mend as Wolverine. Training at the (UFC Performance Institute, it’s hard work. But I’m speeding up the recovery process a lot. I say maybe in two months I’ll be ready to start a boot camp«.
Lee lost to Ferguson via submission in the third round in an interim fight for the lightweight title in 2017 at UFC 216. It’s the only time he’s headlined a UFC pay-per-view event.
Lee thinks Ferguson is still a great fighter, but maybe not for long. He is interested in facing Ferguson now before any possible age-related decline in his game. Lee is convinced that now is the time to fight “El Cucuy” before it is too late.
«I think he will delve into the next one, for sure. That’s why I want to catch him next. I think he probably has one more hot streak on him, one more good push on him, so I want to be the one to get him to his best again and close that out.
“He’s like 36, 37 years old, but then you see a Lebron James that is still playing, 36 is different these days. Is not the same. So I think he has a good boost left. That’s why I’m interested in that fight. If I really thought that he was just down and would never come back, then I would overlook it. But I think it has one more in it. I would be that, sure.
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