Kevin Lee Thinks The UFC May Be Pushing Him Out Of The Lightweight Division


Kevin Lee was last seen in action in the main event of UFC On Fox 31, suffering a decision loss in a rematch against Al Iaquinta.

The lightweight contender recently turned down a welterweight division fight against Darren Till, but feels the UFC is simply trying to oust him from the lightweight weight class.

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“They offered me Darren Till for that main event spot in London and I think they trying to push me out the division,” Lee told MMA Junkie Radio. “They pretty much approached me right after the fight and they asked me would I go 170. I’m like, ‘Not really (interested). This is where I started, this is where I’m going to get that belt first and just keep moving on. I just wasn’t interested. I’m going to stay at 155 and someone is going to get hurt.”

Jorge Masvidal wound up with the opportunity and will now headline UFC Fight Night London against Till.

Lee is planning on staying at lightweight and he has an opponent in mind, which is #15 ranked Gregor Gillespie.

“There’s the Gregor Gillespie kid who looked real good,” Lee said. “He ain’t going to spend no time calling nobody out. I’m trying to get in touch with his people while he out in the woods. I was impressed with that last fight and that’s definitely a fight I’m looking at now. I would be giving him a shot and coming up. I’ve already put my offer out there I’m just waiting to hear back. The kid can fight. He’s undefeated. I really wasn’t too impressed with him, but hat last fight versus Yancy, he did all right. I think I might go ahead and get that done, it’s just on him whether he want to have it or not.”

While Lee has no plans at the moment to leave lightweight, one thing the fighter has called for in the past was the creation of a 165 pound weight class in the UFC.

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