It may be a longer time than expected until we see Kevin Lee inside the octagon.
The former interim UFC Lightweight Champion in Lee (18-6) recently underwent surgery in April to fix a tear in his left ACL. He was expected to be out for at least six months. Unfortunately, his return will have to be delayed even further. While recovering, Lee happened to tear his right ACL. Going back under the knife, it appears he won’t be back until at least the middle of 2021.
Lee ended up posting a video message on Instagram discussing his status.
“I hurt it while trying to recover from this one,” Lee stated. “But, honestly, I’m not that discouraged about it. I feel like I’ve been on this path for a long-a** time, like the last ten years, and I’ve seen all this s**t happening. I didn’t know I was going to have it, but I knew for sure it was going to happen. I guess God just wanted me to have two strong knees. When I come back, I’m going to f**k somebody up. I feel like I’m on the right path.”
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Ranked tenth in the UFC’s lightweight rankings, Lee has had a busy few years. After losing to Tony Ferguson for the interim UFC Lightweight Title at UFC 216 in 2017, Lee has gone 2-3 in his last five fights. Fighting at welterweight for the first time, Lee lost to Rafael dos Anjos via submission to start 2019.
Lee then returned to lightweight, beating Gregor Gillespie via KO at UFC 244. His last fight was a loss to Charles Oliveira back in March via submission. “The Motown Phenom” made his UFC debut in 2014.
The 27-year-old went on to say he will have to go through the basics again upon his return.