Lee Proposes Him vs. GSP for 165-Pound Title
With issues regarding weight cutting in MMA — including UFC President Dana White’s desire to eliminate early weigh-ins — UFC fighter Kevin Lee says he wants to fix up the sport’s weight divisions.
Lee says he is calling upon the UFC to add a new 165-pound weight division and proposes that he be in the first title fight for the weight class. His opponent? Georges St Pierre.
Lee laid out his ideas for the lightweight, welterweight and proposed 165-pound division while talking with The Straits Times prior to UFC Singapore.
“Right now, [what] makes the most sense is to really correct the divisions, Lee said. “The 155-pound and 170-pound [divisions] are so messed up right now. You’ve got three titles between the two divisions already, so they’ve got to add another weight class.
“I think me and Georges for the 165lb title makes the most amount of sense. You do Conor [McGregor] and Khabib [Nurmagomedov] in October, you do me and Georges in November, at Madison Square Garden. And maybe you do Tyron [Woodley] and Colby [Covington] to figure out the 170-pound division.”
It should be noted that Lee has recently had difficulty making weight for his fights. It took him two attempts to make 155 for an interim lightweight title fight with Tony Ferguson back at UFC 216. Lee missed weight for his most recent bout, a fifth-round doctor’s stoppage win over Edson Barboza in the main event of UFC Atlantic City back in April.
There have also been rumblings of GSP possibly moving down to lightweight and possibly going after a UFC title in a third weight class — an unprecedented move. GSP was the longtime welterweight champion before taking a four-year hiatus from MMA. He returned at UFC 217 and won the promotion’s middleweight title before surrendering the title after a colitis diagnosis.
Lee says he wishes to face GSP because he has great respect for the two-time UFC champ, and Lee has trained with him before.
“Georges is one of the ones that really got me into the sport, I’ve kinda even modeled my career after him a little bit,” Lee said. “We started in the same first promotion, we had the same first manager, we have the same management [Creative Artists Agency] now. There are so many parallels to us now, that I think that adds even more intrigue to the fight.
“It will be the hardest fight of my career, it’ll be the biggest challenge But, as soon as I get back home from UFC Singapore, I’m going to go back and figure out how to beat the man.”
Original Story: The Straits Times