Kevin Lee Says it “Might be Time” to Make Jump to 170, Following Latest Defeat
By FCF Staff
Kevin Lee has talked about moving up to welterweight in the past, and following his loss to Al Iaquinta on Saturday, “The Motown Phenom” says it might be time.
The lightweight contender faced Iaquinta in the headliner of UFC Milwuakee, and ended up dropping a unanimous decision to the veteran fighter. The bout marked the second time Lee has been defeated by Iaquinta, as the latter also earned a decision over him in 2014.
After the disappointing result, Lee had this to say, while discussing the possibility of ending his run at 155 (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“It might be time for me to make that change,” Lee said. “I knew it about a year ago, but I’m a real stubborn son of a (expletive), so I’m just going to try to make as many adjustments as I can and make it as clean as I can, but it still is very rough for me to get down to this weight. Maybe now it’s time to just go up and look at other options.
“I think I can compete very, very well at 170 and be fast in and out of the pocket, too. I don’t know. We’ll see as I kind of get healed up and everything.”
Lee (17-4) was coming off a one-sided, stoppage win over Edson Barboza heading into Saturday’s fight. The talented grappler is 3-2 now in his last 5 contests.