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Kevin Lee Is Fine With Being One of Several Possible Lightweight Title Contenders

April 19, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Kevin Lee spoke with MMAjunkie ahead of his fight with Edson Barboza at UFC Fight Night 128. Highlights are below:

On being one of several possible #1 contenders for the lightweight title: “Options are always good. My name is already up there. This one is really going to solidify that. We’ll see how this thing shakes out. That gives me the motivation to keep doing it, but I don’t need no more motivation than Edson trying to kick my head off on Saturday. My paycheck depends on it, and you know me, I like the green. So I’m going to go out there an make that bread.”

On Dustin Poirier possibly getting a title shot: “When I look at it from a competitor’s standpoint, I didn’t really see anything that really impressed me or really stood out, especially going into a title fight. If that’s what the UFC decides, that’s on them. I’m not going to tell another man how to do his job. They’re the promoters. But I’m looking at it like a fan, and I’m saying, what is he bringing to the table that’s different. I just don’t see him being championship caliber.”

ON Eddie Alvarez: “I’m sorry, but when you come out and you say you’re too fat to take a fight, c’mon. Right there, you’re already out of the door. I think he’s got one foot out the door, and I’ll go ahead and kick him out of the door if they want me to. That was one of the ones I was looking at before this fight approached, but Eddie’s on his way out. I wanted a bigger challenger, and I’m going to go out there and prove it on Saturday.”