Kevin Lee firmly cemented himself in the thick of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight title race this past weekend (Sat., April 21, 2018) after dominating Edson Barboza for five rounds in the main event of UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Afterward, “The Motown Phenom” called for a championship showdown against newly-crowned division champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who became the undisputed 155-pound kingpin by taking out Al Iaquinta at UFC 223.
Still, the possibility of Conor McGregor swooping in at any given moment to hijack a title fight isn’t lost on Lee. But during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Kevin revealed that “Notorious” may come in with some big-money demands, and if UFC wants an inexpensive beating put on Khabib, then he is the man for the job.
“I think it’s big. I think it’s still up there. We’re going to see how the whole thing shakes out with Conor, that’s the ‘X’ factor. He’s already talking about, Khabib wants to sit out. I know he’s got Ramadan coming up and all of that. I was hoping September in Russia. I could be ready for that, but he wants to sit out until November, Madison Square Garden. I get it and I am not going to stop a man from making no money. They got Conor coming back, how much are they going to have to pay Conor? What type of numbers are they talking about are they going to get in return? It’s going to come down to a numbers game. I will take that fight for a fraction of what Conor would and I will beat the fuck out of him for it. So we will see. We will sit back and be smart about it and approach it in the right way. But I think it’s there.”
Nate Diaz may have something to say about that.
Of course, should Lee get the next title fight a pay increase would definitely be in his future, and since McGregor will surely demand top dollar for his looming return, UFC would definitely save some coin if “The Motown Phenom” gets the nod.
For now, the Lightweight title picture is a waiting game, as “The Eagle” is about to go into a hiatus due to Ramadan, while Conor has a legal fight on his hands this summer. And let’s not forget about
Wolverine Tony Ferguson, who is healing up faster than expected from his recent surgery.