Kevin Lee is moving up to welterweight to headline UFC Rochester to take on Rafael dos Anjos. And, if all goes according to plan, Lee is hoping this fight will be a fight of the year contender.
Lee is hoping his fight can be similar to the interim middleweight title fight at UFC 236 between Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum. The fight to many was considered the fight of the year and maybe one of the best ever. And, for Lee, what better way to introduce himself to the welterweight division than a fight like that.
“I think I lost some of the focus in there. I didn’t see Al as big of a threat.” Lee told MMANews. “That’s something I know I have to address anyways. I think you learn a lot from losses. Even though that was a really close fight, I think they could have squeezed it my way. I learned more from that fight than any other. It’s just about keeping the same pace, the fifth round has to look like the first. For this one, I’m going to make sure the judges are out of this, because sometimes they don’t know what they’re looking at.”
“It’s going to be a hell of a fight, that’s all I ask for. When they approached with dos Anjos I jumped on it because I know he’s going to show up to fight. I think I’m going to go out, put my chin down and throw some punches. We’ll see who takes that first step back but if he doesn’t it’s going to be a hell of a fight, I’m preparing for war. I’m preparing to get bloody, have some fun. The causal fans know me, but I haven’t that Israel Adesanya vs. Kelvin Gastelum type fight yet in the UFC. I know it’s in there, I want it. I think dos Anjos is going to give it to me.”
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime