Former interim UFC lightweight title challenger Kevin Lee after being released by the UFC has now signed with Eagle Fighting Championship which is owned by the former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Kevin was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for six months and was fined over $16,000. Kevin Lee last fought against Daniel Rodriguez at UFC on ESPN 30. He lost the fight via decision. After the fight, Kevin tested positive for amphetamine stemming. This resulted in him getting suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for six months. Later on, it was announced that the UFC has decided to release him.
Marquel Martin of CAA, who manages Lee revealed to the media that his fighter was informed by the UFC that he has been cut from the promotion.
“The UFC’s decision to release Kevin is disappointing and unfortunate,” Martin wrote in a statement to MMA Junkie. “Kevin is young, talented and has fought some of the toughest guys on the UFC’s roster. I think the UFC made the wrong decision in releasing him, but we all believe there are brighter days ahead in Kevin’s career.”
Right after Lee was released from the UFC, Eagle FC CEO Rizvan Magomedov told Damon Martin of MMAfighting.com that they are interested in signing Kevin Lee for their promotion and now it looks like they have got what they wanted.
Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals the signing of Kevin Lee
In his recent press conference, Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov talked about the signing of Kevin Lee. He also stated that the EFC is looking to sign fighters like Cody Garbrandt and Tony Ferguson for their promotion.
Khabib Nurmagomedov said at FITROO press conference today that EFC is close to signing Kevin Lee and is "open for everything" including signing Tony Ferguson and Cody Garbrandt 👀 pic.twitter.com/EWfDMh1tCG
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“Khabib Nurmagomedov said at FITROO press conference today that EFC is close to signing Kevin Lee and is “open for everything” including signing Tony Ferguson and Cody Garbrandt”
“Anything is possible, we are open to everything. In two days, when we will be holding another press conference, we will be ready to announce the signing of Kevin Lee. We are close to finalizing the deal but nothing is official yet. Why not? These guys have built themselves throughout their careers. They have 10 fights in the UFC, are former champions of the UFC,” Nurmagomedov said at a press conference.
- Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals that Eagle Fighting Championship is signing Kevin Lee
- Khabib Nurmagomedov says EFC also interested in Cody Garbrandt and Tony Ferguson
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