Kevin Lee’s Changed His Mind About Tony Ferguson’s Chances Against Khabib Nurmagomedov
By FCF Staff
Prior to UFC 242, Kevin Lee believed Tony Ferguson likely had the means to hand Khabib Nurmagomedov his first defeat. But, following the lightweight champ’s most recent performance, Lee’s changed his tune.
Nurmagomedov faced Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 last month, and once again, the champ’s wrestling and top game dominated much of the action. Nurmagomedov eventually submitted the rugged vet in round three.
Since then, Lee spoke with MMA Junkie, and while discussing Khabib’s performance, he said this:
“I got to be honest: If you asked me before the Poirier fight, I would have been like Tony (Ferguson) is still like a 90 percent chance of winning,” Lee said. “After seeing what Khabib did to Poirier, I think it’s going to be very hard for Tony to beat him.”
“…I’m not going to lie: It was very, very impressive, and the people know I don’t get impressed very easily, especially with a guy like Khabib, but that one is very impressive,” Lee said. “One of those fights that got me up even, it made me step my game up. Literally, as soon as that fight was over, I got in my car and started driving to Montreal. I know what type of work I got to put in now.”
Lee is expected to fight surging lightweight Gregor Gillespie at the November 2nd, UFC 244 in New York City.