Kevin Lee Aiming for Anthony Pettis Fight At UFC 229
UFC lightweight Kevin Lee got back onto winning column after defeating Edson Barboza at UFC Fight Night 128 back in April. Now ‘The Phenom’ is looking to make an octagon return at UFC 229 on October 6 and already have an opponent in mind.
Last week, Lee posted on social media that he already begin training to fight at UFC 229, at that moment he didn’t have any opponent in mind.
During his recent interview with ESPN, Lee said he’d like to lock horns with Anthony Pettis at UFC 229, as he already discussed the idea with UFC matchmakers, who were quite willing to take the consideration.
“I think the UFC likes the fight. Apparently, there are two more spots on that UFC 229 card. They are trying to find see where everyone settles. Tony Ferguson is still out there. There are some moving parts, but that’s the fight that makes sense.”
UFC 229 headlined features undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov, who will look to defend his lightweight title against former two-division champion Conor Mcgregor.
Not long ago Kevin Lee draws the idea of a title fight at 165-pound against former two-division champion Georges St-Pierre. But the Canadian superstar turns down the idea, as he’s looking for super fights that can enhance his legacy, more like GSP wants the winner of Khabib vs. Conor.
“I get his reason for not taking a fight against me,” Lee said. “I’m a big risk and not much reward. I get it. I’ll move past it.
“That said, I kind of took it a little bit as disrespect. I took it as a little bit of a challenge, that he doesn’t see me as worth his time. I’ll make my point. If I have to show how good I am again, and Anthony Pettis has to be the victim of it, then I’ll beat the f— out of Anthony Pettis.”
St-Pierre’s fight was his priority though Lee is happy to face Pettis at UFC 229 as ‘The Phenom’ earlier in his career had done some training with ‘The Showtime’ at the gym of Roufusport in Milwaukee.
Lee is ready to show the world that he’s the best lightweight on the planet and if Pettis doesn’t accept the challenge Lee would still go on at UFC 229.
“I’m the best lightweight out there, for sure,” Lee said. “Not only that, but I’m getting better and better. I’m constantly looking to improve myself. That’s why I’ve even stayed out of the media for bit, I’ve been working on my skills. Whatever the UFC decides, I’m going to be ready to go on Oct. 6, ready to make that weight, even if they don’t find me an opponent.”
No doubt Lee is fully ready to fight at UFC 229, as Khabib Vs. Mcgregor headline the event, in case one of them couldn’t make it, Lee is willing to step in.