Kevin Lee’s Seven-Year Long UFC Tenure Comes To An End
UFC has axed lightweight Kevin Lee (18-7) from its roster.
In his seven years with the company, Lee racked up wins against top contenders like Michael Chiesa, Edson Barboza and Gregor Gillespie.
However, the 29-year-old was on a two-fight losing streak. He lost to lightweight champion Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira in March 2020, then to Daniel Rodriguez this August.
He debuted in the UFC back in February 2014 against Al Iaquinta. He lost the fight via decision.
His manager, Marquel Martin, has claimed that the fighter had a few fights remaining on his promotional agreement when he was informed of the news.
“The UFC’s decision to release Kevin is disappointing and unfortunate,” the manager wrote in his recent statement.
“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.”
Lee was arguably losing his aura in the lightweight division.
He got only one victory in the past three years came at UFC 244 in November 2019 when he knocked out Gillespie with a highlight-reel head kick. Since then, he hasn’t been able to raise his stocks with his typical flamboyant finishes.