UFC lightweight Kevin Lee offers perspective on Mayweather-McGregor

Las Vegan Kevin Lee is a rising star in the UFC lightweight division with his first headlining bout coming up on Sunday in Oklahoma City.

He also may be one of the most qualified individuals in the world to analyze the upcoming boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

He has been training at Mayweather Boxing Club since relocating to Las Vegas from Detroit three years ago. Lee, 24, is also rising up the ranks in the division where McGregor currently holds the UFC title.

Lee, who will fight Michael Chiesa in the main event of UFC Fight Night 112 on Sunday, admits he may be a bit conflicted on Aug. 26 as McGregor represents mixed martial arts against one of the greatest boxers of all-time.

“Even though I’ll be on Floyd’s side, there’s a little piece of me that will see it that way,” Lee said. “A very little piece.”

It’s very possible Lee will be called on to help Mayweather prepare for McGregor’s style during training camp. He laughed when asked what advice he would give to McGregor if asked for advice by the underdog.

“We’re going up a long hill, baby,” Lee laughed. “I’d try to be as honest with him as possible. You can’t blow smoke … You have to be honest with him. You can’t say, ‘Hey, you hit really hard and you’re going to land a punch eventually.’ It will put him in there with the wrong idea. You have to tell him, ‘You’re in for a long fight.’ I don’t think he can handle the pace if he doesn’t catch Floyd in the first two or three rounds and hurt him with something. I do think he’s got power and he’s big. I think people underestimate that, but I think Floyd’s way, way too smart.”

Lee said Mayweather’s camp will not underestimate McGregor, partly because they have been around Lee and other mixed martial artists the last few years.

“They all respect me and they all respect what I do,” Lee said. “When I first got there, there was a thought about MMA guys. They thought I was on that old school Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture stuff. But they see me train on a daily basis and they have a better understanding of it. They see me in there kicking and they’re like, ‘Nah, I can’t mess with that.’

“Hopefully Conor can get us some respect even if he gets whooped.”

Lee has won eight of his last nine fights and believes a win over Chiesa, who he famously brawled with at a news conference in Dallas in May, will put him in contention at 155 pounds. Lee, however, hopes to move up to 165 if the weight class is added by the UFC later this year as rumored.

Women’s champ stripped

UFC women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie has been stripped of her belt by the organization for refusing to fight top contender Cris “Cyborg” Justino.

The move clears the way for Justino to fight Invicta FC champ Megan Anderson for the vacant featherweight belt in the co-main event of UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California.

UFC officials revealed the decision with a statement on Monday.

“UFC has informed Germaine de Randamie and her management team that she is being removed as the women’s featherweight champion due to her unwillingness to fight the No. 1 ranked contender, Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino,” the statement read. “UFC maintains that any champion is expected to accept fights against the top contenders in their respective weight classes in order to maintain the integrity of the sport.”

De Randamie was the first 145-pound female champion in the UFC. The division was essentially created for Justino, but she was unable to compete earlier this year and de Randamie instead fought Holly Holm for the vacant title in February with the expectation the winner would then take on Justino.

De Randamie won the belt and balked at a challenge from Justino.

Anderson and Justino will now fight on a card that already features a light heavyweight title bout between champion Daniel Cormier and former champ Jon Jones.

Belltor pay-per-view set

Light heavyweight veterans Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will finally meet in a cage on Saturday night in New York as the main event of Bellator MMA’s second foray into the pay-per-view market.

Sonnen and Silva have carried on a bitter rivalry for years that was particularly heated when they served as opposing coaches on the Brazilian version of “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2014. They were supposed to fight at the end, but both fighters encountered drug testing issues with the Nevada Athletic Commission and were eventually released from the UFC.

Silva hasn’t competed since 2013.

Also on the card, heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko will take on Matt Mitrione and Bellator champions Michael Chandler and Douglas Lima will put their belts on the line against lightweight Brent Primus and welterweight Lorenz Larkin. Another title bout is part of the preliminary card broadcast on Spike TV as Phil Davis defends the light heavyweight belt against Ryan Bader.

More MMA: See more of our MMA and UFC coverage online at CoveringTheCage.com and @CoveringTheCage on Twitter.

Contact Adam Hill at ahill@reviewjournal.com or 702-277-8028. Follow @adamhilllvrj on Twitter.

ad-high_impact_4
Covering The Cage Videos
Covering The Cage: Live Interview With Elias Theodorou
Covering The Cage host Heidi Fang talks with Elias Theodorou to preview UFC on Fox and becoming a ring boy.
Covering the Cage: Roy Nelson interview
Adam Hill and Heidi Fang talk about the world of MMA as well as interview heavyweight Roy Nelson.
Covering the Cage: Feb. 6 Facebook Live
Adam Hill and Heidi Fang discuss UFC Fight Night 125 as well as preview UFC 221 and UFC 222.
Covering The Cage: Ronda Rousey joins WWE; UFC on Fox 27 recap
Review-Journal reporters Adam Hill and Heidi Fang discuss Ronda Rousey’s move to WWE and recap UFC on Fox 27.
Covering the Cage: Jordan Rinaldi, UFC on Fox 27 preview
Review-Journal reporters Adam Hill and Heidi Fang talk to fighter Jordan Rinaldi about his upcoming fight and preview the rest of UFC on Fox 27.
Covering The Cage Live: UFC 220 and Bellator 192 Recap
Review-Journal reporters Adam Hill and Heidi Fang recap UFC 220 and Bellator 192.
Covering the Cage: Recapping 2017
Heidi Fang and Adam Hill go over their favorite moments of 2017 and pick their favorite fight, knockout and submission of the year.
Covering The Cage: UFC 219 Recap
Covering The Cage hosts Adam Hill and Heidi Fang recap tonights fights at UFC 219.
Covering The Cage: UFC 219 Picks
Covering The Cage hosts Adam Hill and Heidi Fang give their picks for the main card fights at UFC 219.
Covering The Cage: UFC 219 Preview
Covering the Cage hosts Adam Hill and Heidi Fang preview UFC 219 including Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm.
UFC 219 media day staredowns
Ahead of UFC 219's pay-per-view on Dec. 30, the stars of the main card faced off at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Cris "Cyborg" Justino will face Holly Holm in the main event for the women's featherweight belt.
Covering the Cage: UFC fighter Julian Marquez talks debut victory
Review-Journal reporters Adam Hill and Heidi Fang talk with UFC fighter Julian Marquez. They discuss the beard competition between Marquez and Tyron Woodley, and the unexpected passing of longtime MMA coach and trainer Robert Follis.
Covering the Cage: Julian Marquez interview
Adam Hill and Heidi Fang talk about all things going on in the world of MMA and talk to Julian Marquez about his upcoming fight in Winnipeg.
Covering The Cage Live: UFC 218 Recap, TUF 26
Review-Journal reporters Adam Hill and Heidi Fang recap The Ultimate Fighter 26 and UFC 218.
Covering The Cage: TUF 26 Recap, UFC 218 Preview
Review-Journal reporters Adam Hill and Heidi Fang recap The Ultimate Fighter and preview UFC 218.
Covering the Cage: UFC 218, TUF 26 Finale preview
Review-Journal reporters Adam Hill and Heidi Fang make their picks for the "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 26 Finale and UFC 218. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Covering the Cage: Kyra Batara interview
Adam Hill and Heidi Fang talk to Combate Americas Womens Atomweight Kyra Batara about her upcoming fight in San Antonio as well as Conor McGregor's potential incident at a bar and UFC 218.
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Events
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like