Kevin Lee is coming off of his first main event appearance for the UFC, as he defeated Michael Chiesa by submission at UFC Fight Night: Oklahoma City.
Now that the Chiesa victory is behind him, the lightweight star has a pair of lightweights he wouldn’t mind battling next.
"I’ve been trying to make this Khabib fight just because everybody thinks Khabib is such a monster, he’s all this and all that,” Lee said on The MMA Hour. "If they want to make the Tony fight happen, I’m cool with that. I thought that judging by the backstage and everything, I thought they would go with Tony and (Edson) Barboza, that’s why I was pushing for Khabib, but if they wanna do me and Tony, hell yeah, I’ll do it. I’ll step up. But I don’t think, in that same scenario, I think Khabib fights Barboza, you know what I mean? I’m trying to do what’s best for all parts here. So I think the best move is me and Khabib and they do Tony and Barboza. I really don’t see what the hold-up is.”
Neither Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson have a fight scheduled at the moment.
Lee also doesn’t like the way that the analysts at Fox Sports 1 handled the controversial ending of his main event bout with Chiesa.
"I think they kind of took away from me a little bit,” he said. "I was a little disappointed the way they kind of handled it, they kind of took away from the fight, from the win. 'KenFlo' was trying his best, even though I like Kenny Florian, I do, but I think he was trying his best to take away from the win. You know, what am I gonna do? They gonna hate regardless. Apparently, some people in the industry hate, so… I thought it was just the fans, but it is what it is."
While Lee doesn’t have another fight scheduled at the moment, whomever does fight him is taking on a competitor on a five fight winning streak.