Former UFC interim lightweight title challenger Kevin Lee has had his challenges making weight in the past. Most recently, the fighter nearly missed weight for his interim title fight against Tony Ferguson.
While the fighter made weight, Lee was seemingly debilitated by the process. It would later be revealed that the fighter was suffering from a staph infection at the time.
Speaking to Bloody Elbow, Lee revealed that he believes the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will eventually implement a new 165 pound division to aid fighters that have issues cutting weight to the lightweight class.
“There’s a reason why the athletic commissions approved it. Paul Felder, a couple minutes before I stepped on the scale, he stepped on the scale and he’s 190. Edson is just as big as me. (UFC champ) Khabib (Nurmagomedov) has documented kidney failure and is still trying to make 155 from 190.
“They’re waiting on me to die. I’m pushing for it because that’s what needs to be done.”
“They can go ahead and after this interim title fight, scrap [the division], and make a 175-pound division. The (interim) champ vs. Tyron Woodley at 175. And then they go ahead and make a 165 division. There’s already three, four titles floating around that area, anyway. Why not just add an extra weight class and crown someone else the champion?
“They’re making another title in the same weight division, so instead of just having three random titles, why not just have three weight classes with three rightful champions?”
“I think it’s bound to happen. It’s already been approved; we’re just waiting on logistics. And in the mean time, I’m gonna still out there and do my job, make weight, and whoop ass.”