Kevin Lee re-signed by the UFC, expected to fight in spring
Kevin Lee has been re-signed by the UFC, and he is expected to fight in the spring in his return to the Octagon.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report that Lee has re-signed with the UFC, just days after the veteran MMA fighter posted photos of himself on social media meeting with UFC president Dana White. A deal was struck during their conversations, and now “The Motown Phenom” is headed back to the UFC.
“I met with Dana White and Hunter Campbell, and I feel like I’m going back home. I’m grateful for them welcoming me back and looking forward to the next chapter of my career,” Lee said.
Lee first joined the UFC in 2014 and he went 11-7 overall in the promotion, with notable wins over the likes of Gregor Gillespie, Michael Chiesa, and Francisco Trinaldo. However, after losing four of his last five fights in the promotion, and then getting suspended by USADA for using Adderall, he was cut.
Lee then joined Eagle FC and he fought once for the promotion, earning a unanimous decision win over longtime UFC veteran Diego Sanchez. However, Eagle FC has not been holding events in the United States lately, and the future of that promotion seems to be up in the air right now, at least as far as North American events go. There have been numerous other fighters who competed for Eagle FC who have been released and joined other MMA organizations as of late, and now Lee becomes the latest one to do so.
Though Lee mainly competed at 155lbs during his first run in the UFC, he is expected to move up to welterweight for his return to the promotion. He did fight twice at 170lbs in the Octagon during his first stint in the UFC, though he lost via submission to Rafael dos Anjos and by decision to Daniel Rodriguez.
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