Kevin Lee checked out the main event battle, but feels neither fighter is on that level yet to be challenging for UFC gold.
“I seen it,” Lee said on The MMA Hour. “I know Poirier was calling for a title fight and all this but I don’t know, it just seems like those dudes are in a different category. Can you really look at it and say Poirier’s a championship-level fighter? I just don’t see it. He looked good. He did good versus Gaethje, it was an exciting fight, I think he should go out and look for more exciting fights, but it didn’t really seem like a championship-level fight to me to be honest.”
Lee also questions the mindset that both fighters have fought with over the years.
“Both of them, they seem like they’ve got a different type of mindset,” Lee said. “(Gaethje)’s out there just putting on fun fights, which if that’s what you’re doing it’s cool - if that’s what he wants to do, it’s his brain, it’s his body, it’s his health, it’s up to him what he want to do with it. It seems like he’s just okay with just being that and just going out there and getting his brain beat in so I can’t tell a man what to do. The man is grown.”
UFC Fight Night Atlantic City takes place on Saturday, April 21 from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey with Edson Barboza and Kevin Lee headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.