A defeated Lee revealed a knee injury after the fight and will now be getting ACL surgery, which could keep him out of action for six months.
“It used to mean being out a year,” Lee told ESPN. “They’ve gotten better with the technology and the (physical therapy), so it might even be sooner. I don’t know.”
Lee had previously stated that he wanted to take an extended amount of time off after the loss to Oliveira, but it is unknown how the upcoming knee surgery will affect those plans. The fighter had also previously revealed that the injury wasn’t suffered at UFC Fight Night Brasilia, but the fighter has also yet to reveal how the ACL injury went down.
If Lee opts to return to action once he is fully recovered from the upcoming ACL surgery, fans could see the fighter compete again by November or December of this year.