Kevin Lee sees ‘next Khabib’ Islam Makhachev as fight to throw him into title mix

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The former UFC interim lightweight title challenge Kevin “The Motown Phenom” Lee has had his fair share of bad, difficult results lately and is currently on a two-fight losing streak. However, he is still adamant that he can give the UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov a run for his money and potentially even defeat him. Thus, for now, he is ready to face Nurmagomedov’s training partner Islam Makhachev next to get back into the title picture.

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Lee recently told MMA Fighting in an interview that he wants to fight ‘next Khabib’ Makhachev as the co main-event for the next Khabib fight in Moscow, Russia. Here’s what he had to say:

After looking at that last fight with Khabib, I did an interview before Khabib fought Dustin [Poirier] and said I wasn’t too impressed, but after seeing the way Khabib handled Dustin, I might want a piece of that cake. I hear they’re going to Moscow and I hear Islam might want a fight. Me and Islam on a co-main in Moscow sounds good to me. People see him as the next Khabib, he’s coming up. I’ve kind of always had my eye on him. MMA is a very small circle. We know a lot of the same people. I hear rumblings Islam can fight. I’m like, ‘Oh, he can fight? OK. We’ll see.’ Khabib would probably be in his corner. I’ll be training with Georges [St-Pierre]. There are talks of trying to make Khabib and Georges happen. There are a lot of little storylines there. Lot of motivation in a fight like that.


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