Exclusive: Kevin Lee Confirms Departure From Same Management Francis Ngannou Left Amid Pay Dispute With UFC

"The Motown Phenom" is thrilled to begin a new journey with a new management team.

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Kevin Lee - Image via @motownphenom Instagram
  • Kevin Lee has parted ways with the management team that also represented Francis Ngannou
  • “The Motown Phenom” is set to join a big-name management team

Former UFC lightweight contender Kevin Lee lifted the lid on his current management status. Lee used to share the same management team with UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), but revealed that he had also left the group.

Better career opportunities

Lee exclusively told MiddleEasy that he’s no longer part of CAA. “The Motown Phenom” also confirmed that Ngannou’s manager Marquel Martin had also parted ways with the sports marketing firm amid his client’s pay dispute with the UFC, referring to the move as “a team decision.”

“I’m not really allowed to [say a lot]. I won’t say any names or say any companies that I’m going with but it’s kind of been a team decision to leave CAA,” Lee divulged. “It was getting a little too Hollywood. It just didn’t benefit my career that much to be with CAA. I’ve been with them since the Tony Ferguson fight and since then, I’ve got some big opportunities but I feel like my career could’ve been handled a lot better. So, I’m looking forward to being managed better by people with more experience.”

It’s not a newbie in the sport

The 30-year-old also hinted at his new management team and revealed to MiddleEasy that a deal will be closed in a matter of days. Lee said his new management is more experienced and is already a household name in the sport.

“We in the final talks. I should know something in the next few days…I’ll post something,” Lee added. “[It’s[ somebody who’ve managed a lot of big-name fighters still to this day. It won’t be a surprise. Let’s just say that.”

Lee left the UFC last year after losing five of his last seven fights since headlining UFC 216 against Ferguson in 2017. He found a new lease on life with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC and made a successful debut in the promotion in March after beating fellow UFC veteran Diego Sanchez via decision.

Will Lee finally rose to prominence again with a new team? Let’s wait and see.

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