Kevin Lee is preparing to possibly win his first UFC champion when he battles Tony Ferguson for the UFC Interim Lightweight Title at UFC 216.
The lightweight currently sits at #7 in the UFC Lightweight Division Rankings and the Detroit native isn’t much of a fan of those rankings.
“It don’t really matter,” Lee said at a UFC 216 conference call. “Like, I don’t see even why other fighters are putting … them rankings, they don’t matter. Y’all make the rankings. I don’t give a f*ck about the rankings. The only thing everybody above me in this division got on me is some years, is some time. That’s it.”
Ferguson, who is Lee’s opponent at UFC 216, currently sits at #2 in the rankings and Khabib Nurmagomedov owns the #1 spot.
One reason that Lee isn’t a fan of the rankings is due to the positioning of some of the fighters in those rankings.
“When you look at the rankings, they don’t mean nothing,” Lee said. “Some of these dudes that’s in the top 25, top 30, they’ll beat any of the guys in the top five. They got Nate Diaz, who’s got plenty of losses, in the top five. It don’t make sense. They got Justin Gaethje, who only got one (UFC) fight against … apparently beating Michael Johnson in this game is really something, because you got Khabib up there at No. 1, and you got Gaethje with one fight up above me.”
UFC 216 takes place on Saturday, October 7 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee Headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.