Kevin Lee has been contacted by Team Mayweather and will help train the legendary Floyd Mayweather Jr. if the fight with UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor ever comes together.
If the super fight ever goes down between the two combat sports legends, the UFC veteran predicts a Mayweather Jr. knockout victory.
“I think Mayweather would stop him in the later rounds. He (McGregor) would be exhausted,” Lee said to Bloody Elbow. “He will be exhausted after a few rounds. It’s just that pace. That pace is different, it’s just a different sport. And people really don’t understand that because we also throw punches, but it’s just different. The rule set is different. Literally, everything is different. MMA would be different if you just said you can’t kick anymore or you can’t throw knees. MMA in itself would be totally different. So it’s just a different sport, it’s just a different type of body type that goes into it, it’s a different type of way of preparing the body. It’s just different. And I can’t even really give a good prediction. I think he’s gonna knock him out in the later rounds, if I had to say. And I think that will just come with pure exhaustion. You’re taking a sprinter and you’re putting him in there in the long-distance race. Yeah, of course he’s gonna lose.”
Lee is preparing for a huge opportunity himself, as he will headline UFC Fight Night 112 against Michael Chiesa.
The fighter has agreed to help train Mayweather Jr. for the potential fight, but plans could change if everything interrupts his UFC schedule.
“The fight was supposed to happen in June, which I would have been available to help him. But if they ain’t gonna fight until July, November, whenever they’re gonna fight, I don’t know, but If it interferes with my schedule, I’m putting them on the backburner. I’ll let them make their own cheese. The only reason I was gonna do it was cause the money was nice, you know, the money, everything that comes with it, the notoriety and everything. But I’m gonna create that for myself. So when they put the fight off, I was like, okay, I’m gonna take this fight with Michael Chiesa. I’m not gonna sit around and wait, I’ll beat McGregor my damn self. I don’t need to help somebody else do it,” says Lee.
UFC Fight Night 112 takes place on Sunday, June 25 from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with Kevin Lee and Michael Chiesa headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on Fox Sports 1.