Kevin Lee has not been in the cage since 2020 due to several major injuries holding him back. But the fighter is looking to make a comeback very soon and he has his priorities set straight. “The Motown Phenom” already has a name set in mind and that name is, Tony Ferguson.
The UFC lightweight contender wants his comeback fight to be against his former rival, Tony Ferguson. Kevin Lee and the former interim champion previously fought in 2017. Lee is currently recovering from major injuries and is confident to be fit again.
In a recent interview with MMA junkie, Kevin Lee spoke about his comeback and Tony Ferguson. “That’s what they do in boxing – you ease your way back in. But the way I’m feeling, I don’t think it’s necessary,” Lee told MMA Junkie. “I’m going to fight Tony Ferguson. I think that fight makes sense from all angles. I don’t see anybody else that’s out there for him to fight.
“It just makes sense and it puts us back where it should be. A fight with me and him is going to kind of show one of us has to win, one of us is going to have to leave. So that’s a fight that interests me this summer. We’ll see what he talking about on his end, but he’s No. 1 in my book”, Kevin Lee said.
Kevin Lee still thinks Tony Ferguson is a top fighter
Motown Phenom and El Cucuy last fought in 2017 for the interim lightweight title fight. Kevin Lee lost to Tony by submission in the third round. Tony Ferguson off-late though has not been in the best of form. El Cucuy is coming off two successive defeats from Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje.
Despite his poor form, Kevin Lee believes his former rival is still a worthy and top fighter. “I think he’s going to dig deep for the next one, for sure,” Lee said. “That’s why I want to get him next. I think he’s probably got one more good run in him, one more good push in him, so I want to be the one to gets him at his best again and shut that down.”
Kevin Lee also touched on his health condition and physical wellness. Lee is coming back from surgeries and a win will mean a lot to the fighter. “I’m nine months out on my first ACL (surgery) and six months from my second ACL. They normally say, you know, in the past it used to be a year before guys were back and 100 percent, but I think I’m healing like Wolverine.”