Kevin Lee is set to return to the Octagon in the main event of UFC Brasilia against Brazilian contender, Charles Oliveira.
Anytime an American fights a Brazilian in Brazil it is tough. Yet, this is what Kevin Lee likes to do as he says he likes to play spoiler and silence the hometown crowd. Just like he did when he knocked out Gregor Gillespie, a New York native in New York.
“I do like to play spoiler,” Lee told MMA Junkie. “I’m going to make sure I shut up all them Brazilians, and that arena gonna be real, real quiet at the end of the night, and sometimes that’s what I like to do. I like to steal a little bit of thunder. I feel like I shut down Madison Square Garden in my last fight. This one, I’m going to shut down this arena, too.”
Why Kevin Lee decided to fight Oliveira was simple. He knows this is an opponent nobody wanted to fight, so he wants to be the one to snap his winning streak.
“It’s the way that I’ve always had my career, to be honest,” Lee said. “Even in the last fight, having to fight Gregor over in New York. I’ve always had to take the longer route and put in twice as much work as the next guy in order to get to where I’m going, and that’s something that I’ve kind of accepted at this point.”
In the end, Kevin Lee knows this will be a tough fight given Oliveira’s skillset of being a submission artist. But, he recently picked up knockout wins which makes him even more dangerous.
Yet, he knows he will get his hand raised in a very good fight for the fans.
“It’s a good fight,” Lee said. “Especially with the way his last two fights have gone, he’s got like two really good knockout wins. He showed he can kinda do it all, so I feel like it’s definitely going to be one of the fights that elevates me. I don’t think he’s ready for this level yet. I don’t think he’s fought to this level yet. Especially in a main event like this. So I feel like those are a couple of things that stack in my corner. But overall I think we match real good, and it’s going to be a good fight.”
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