Kevin Lee calls Ben Askren the easiest fight at welterweight
Kevin Lee has some harsh words for Ben Askren after his five-second loss at UFC 239. There, the hype train was derailed as “Funky” lost in a brutal fashion. Since then, many have said he was overrated, to begin with.
Now, Lee says Askren is the easiest fight at welterweight following his loss.
“Ben is probably the easiest out of anybody,” Lee told Submission Radio recently. “He’s just too hittable and too one-dimensional. He had that little back and forth with me at the press conference talking about he took me down when I was 19-years-old. As if that meant something to anybody. He didn’t talk about the right hand I kept hitting him with right before that but that’s water under the bridge.”
Although Kevin Lee says Ben Askren is the easiest fight at welterweight, it is not a fight he wants right now. He knows he could win the fight. But, he likes one-upping the last opponent and can’t do that with what Masvidal did to him.
“Like you said, he’s a big draw but he took a big hit with that one and he didn’t show that he can compete with a lot of the top guys, when you talk about five seconds,” Lee said. “Five seconds. I’m gonna keep it real with you, there’s gotta be something in it for me. There’s no way that I can outdo a flying knee five-second KO. Every time I go into a fight, I want to do better than the guy who did last so I don’t know. There’s not a whole lot there for me.”
However, Lee admits it is a fight that could happen in the future. If it does, it is one that he says he no doubts he wins. For now, Kevin Lee is targeting a return to the Octagon in October. There, he is looking to get back into the win column.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime