Lee, a former interim lightweight title challenger, parted ways with the UFC after losing to Daniel Rodriguez in August 2021. He bounced back with a unanimous decision win against Diego Sanchez at Eagle FC 46, which was his only fight in 2022. The Detriot native now has big plans for 2023.
‘The Motown Phenom’ recently joined ESPN MMA reporter Brett Okamoto for an interview to discuss what’s next. When asked if he would be interested in re-signing with the UFC, Lee responded by saying:
“That’s been floated out there a few times. I have thought about it, but I’m not putting no energy towards it, to be honest with you. I feel like there’s so many opportunities in this sport, and there’s a big opportunity now with PFL… I would almost be hurting my leverage if I was just to straight go back to the UFC right now. It’s something I’m kinda interested, but it would have to be the right offer… A million dollars sounds a whole lot better”
The 30-year-old has made significant changes to capitalize on his free agency. He started training in South Florida at Kill Cliff FC and also found new a new management team with Ali Abdelaziz at Dominance MMA. Lee’s interest in fighting with the PFL comes as a surprise after signing with Eagle FC.
Kevin Lee clarifies his contract situation with Eagle FC
Kevin Lee seemed to be the face of Eagle FC’s expansion into North America. Unfortunately, the Khabib Nurmagomedov-owned promotion might not return to the United States anytime soon due to the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. During the same interview with Brett Okamoto, Lee had this to say about his contract with Eagle FC:
“Technically, I’m signed with them, but I can go to different promotions too. I can go, I can shop around. I’m basically a free agent right now, but I have that backup of having that contract. They gave me such a good contract because I can move around. I can bounce around, and that’s what we’re looking to do right now.”
Before losing four of his last five UFC fights, Lee was a highly-respected lightweight with the potential to be a UFC champion. ‘The Motown Phenom’ showed tendencies of cardio issues but still has time to continue evolving. This new chapter of his fighting career could prove to be the best yet.