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Midnight Mania! Kevin Lee: Poirier not a ‘serious competitor’, McGregor rematch would be only to rebuild ‘Notorious’

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Kevin Lee doesn’t think much of Dustin Poirier as a contender in the lightweight division, placing him in an entirely different category than himself. He doesn’t see a problem with Poirier getting a Conor McGregor rematch, except that its an obvious ploy to rebuild the Irishman over a fighter he beat in one round. Never mind that their first fight was in 2014, and Poirier is 8-1-1 since that bout, with wins over Anthony Pettis, Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje. This isn’t the first time Lee has characterized Poirier as merely a brawler, instead of a serious competitor.


Dustin, to me, is not a serious competitor in this division.

If Conor’s going to take a step backward and fight a man he already knocked out in the first round at 145 (pounds) – if he needs that steps backward to get himself feeling good again so that they can try and make some more money off him, then that’s on him,” Lee said.

“But I put Poirier in another category. He’s in the more ‘fun fight’ category with Nate Diaz and some of these older guys that are just out there to have fun. I’m out here chasing titles.

Lee’s title hopes depend in part on whether he can pull out a win tomorrow night against Al Iaquinta, who defeated him via unanimous decision in his UFC debut, also in 2014. Unfortunately for Lee, even a dominant win would put him somewhere behind contenders like Poirier and Tony Ferguson, who defeated Lee via triangle choke at UFC 216.

Lee is one of the only fighters who has been vocal about his desire to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov since long before Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor to become lightweight champion.


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