UFC FN 112: Kevin Lee Says Current Weight Class Structure in MMA is “Stupid”
By FCF Staff
As Kevin Lee continues to cut weight for his bout this Sunday with Michael Chiesa, the lightweight contender has let it be known he wants changes made to the sport’s current weight class structure.
Lee will battle Chiesa in the main event of UFC Fight Night 112, which will take place in Oklahoma City on June 25th. Recently Lee spoke with the media, and while doing so, he brought up the California State Athletic Commission’s recommendation for new weight classes to be introduced, including divisions at 165, 175 and 195. The UFC’s vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky, has endorsed the recommendation.
In addition, Lee also had this to say (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I like the plan,” Lee said. “I think Nevada should do it, as well. I think every commission should do it. It’s ridiculous that we cut weight. It just is. It’s stupid. You take Mike Chiesa, I guarantee he’s sitting at 180 pounds right now. Why are we fighting at 155? I don’t know. The whole way that weight classes are even structured in MMA is stupid. Hardcore fans don’t give a damn what you fight at. If you both fight at 170, they don’t give a damn. It’s still the same fight.”
“There’s 150 guys at lightweight all fighting for one title, and the top-30 guys can’t all be the champ,” Lee add. “You’ve got the same thing going on at welterweight. There’s 150 guys. You can split that up. You’ve got 100 guys at 165 that can make it. You’ve got guys like Jorge Masvidal, Donald Cerrone, me included, Nate Diaz. Guys who are kind of stuck in the middle between the two.”
Lee is coming off a submission win over Francisco Trinaldo, and has won four straight bouts.