Lee Thinks He Will Fight Conor By End Of The Year

While Kevin Lee is preparing to face Edson Barbosa at UFC Fight Night 128 in April, he is setting his sights on a showdown with Conor McGregor.

Lee, who lost a chance to be interim lightweight champion at UFC 216 to Tony Ferguson, sees the man he lost to as the real champion of their division and McGregor as a stepping stone to Ferguson.

“Everything I’m setting out is a plan to get back to that [Ferguson] fight. He’s been the real champ, and I don’t really see no confusion about it. You got Conor, that has a belt, but the man is not a champion and I think he even knows that. If he comes back and when he fights, then…if he beats Tony Ferguson then obviously he’ll have it. But, right now, Tony Ferguson is the real champion; he’s the one I’m getting back to.”

McGregor is still officially the lightweight champion, but is expected to be stripped from the title following the weigh-ins for the Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov fight at UFC 223. Another wrinkle to this is McGregor is expected to be in attendance on April 7th in Brooklyn to support his friend, Artem Lobov.

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