News: Kevin Lee – “Khabib’s just got the same holes that I’ve been seeing for years…he’s going to get slept”

I think all MMA fans have a similar idea of the strengths both lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor posses and each fighters key to victory is quite clear, Khabib has the advantage on the floor and wrestling and “The Notorious” has an advantage in the striking department.

Kevin Lee has had his say on the upcoming encounter: “I think Conor’s probably going to sleep him,” Lee said on MMAjunkie Radio. “I’m just looking at the matchup and how the styles is, and especially with someone like Khabib. Khabib’s just got the same holes that I’ve been seeing for years and years and years. And I know Conor’s been seeing them, too. So, when you see those holes, and they’re not getting at least a little closed, then he’s going to get slept.”

Lee pointed out that he sees holes in the Russians game which appeared when the champion fought Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. Despite a very dominant performance, the mauling Russian was met with significate criticism with regards to his striking arsenal and how a stand-up fighter could pose significant damage to the champion.

“Khabib misses a lot of shots, too,” said Lee. “(If) you look at his film, his actual stand-up wrestling and transition game is trash.”

Will Nurmagomedov’s weaknesses be used against a striker like  McGregor? That is the biggest question right now. Lee doesn’t hesitate to describe what will happen if the champ is successful in taking down McGregor.

“I don’t see him finishing him. He’s going to beat the hell out of him, and he might break Conor’s spirit, because Conor can be broken, but I think Conor might be already kind of expecting that. And when something like that happens and you expect it, I don’t think it breaks you as easily.”

Lee did, however point out how McGregor has not been too serious in MMA recently and training boxing and having holidays but nobody knows what happens behind closed doors.

“There are some x-factors in there, with Conor having just trained for a boxing match and that being his focus for a long time,” Lee said. “That’s a different type of pressure than when someone’s really trying to take you down. You can’t just swing at his head. You can’t just swing all out. But, I don’t know, I still think Conor’s going to catch him at one point.”

We are not far away from getting the answers to the questions every MMA fan in the world has and the biggest fight in UFC lightweight history will in fact finally go down!


Ryan Cambridge

News: Brave CF’s Filipino prospect, Pacatiw to make history in Morocco

Bantamweight, Jeremy Pacatiw (6-3) will make history at Brave 14 when he enters the cage to take on Keith Lee (3-2), brother of UFC contender Kevin Lee.

The Filipino standout will become the athlete with most fights in the company’s history, with six bouts to his name. And while he continues to rise into a star in his home country, “The Juggernaut” has been flying the flag for the Philippines all over the world.

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Report: Keith Lee trains with his brother and UFC contender, Kevin Lee ahead of Brave CF bout

UFC lightweight contender, Kevin Lee and is coaching his brother, Keith Lee ahead of his promotional debut at Brave Combat Federation. Also chipping in with preparations is UFC flyweight star, Joseph Benavidez.

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What next for Kevin Lee and the other UFC Atlantic City winners?

Six fighters rolled the dice and emerged with big wins on the main card in Atlantic City this weekend. Frankie Edgar rebounded from his knockout loss to Brian Ortega at UFC 222 with a win over Cub Swanson. David Branch and Aljamain Sterling got back into the win column with big wins over Thiago Santos and Brett Johns respectively. Justin Willis and Dan Hooker both extended their UFC win streaks to three fights each and in the main event, Kevin Lee worked his way into the lightweight top five with a stunning victory over Edson Barboza.

Lets take a look at who could be next in line to face Atlantic city’s main card winners.

Dan Hooker (16-7-0)

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Kicking off the main card, Dan Hooker took just three minutes to hand Jim Miller his fourth consecutive loss. The first round KO win puts the 28-year-old on a three fight win streak and considering the emphatic nature of the finish, I expect Hooker to receive a ranked opponent in his next fight.

In his octagon interview after the fight, Hooker took the opportunity to call out his interviewer, top 15 lightweight Paul Felder (15-3-0) in one of the more polite call outs of recent times.

“I want a ranked opponent next, and I just so happen to be standing across from a ranked opponent without a fight. So if you’ll do me the honour next, we’ll get Sean (Shelby) to match it up.”

It is a fight which makes sense for both lightweights. Both would be putting their three fight win streaks on the line and with five of those six combined wins coming via KO/TKO, there are likely to be fireworks the next time the two meet in the octagon.

Aljamain Sterling (15-3-0)

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With his unanimous decision victory over the previously undefeated Welsh prospect Brett Johns, Aljamain Sterling put his first round KO loss to Marlon Morares firmly behind him. The New York native moved his UFC record to 7-3-0 with an impressive performance against JohnsSterling has proven he is capable of delivering when it matters most and with two of his three loses coming in the form of closely fought split decisions, he is absolutely ready to make another push forwards and tackle an opponent higher up the rankings.

Assuming he receives a new UFC contract, John Dodson (20-9-0) would make an intriguing test for Sterling. Dodson has become something of a gate keeper to the top five in the bantamweight division and looked unconvincing when picking up a split decision victory over Pedro Munhoz in his last appearance. Dodson certainly has the skills to trouble Sterling. A win for either fighter would put them in prime position to make a push into the highly competitive top end of the bantamweight division.

David Branch (22-4-0)

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It would be fair to say that the start of David Branch’s UFC career hasn’t quite gone to plan. The former WSOF champion debuted with a win over Krzysztof Jotko at UFC 211 but followed that up four months later with a dramatic second round KO loss to former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. Seven months after being handed his first loss since 2012, Branch bounced back in emphatic fashion against Thiago Santos.

With his place in the UFC middleweight top 10 secured, Branch will be looking to build some momentum and make a run at the top five. UFC veteran Derek Brunson (18-6-0) is currently ranked at number seven and his last outing was a first round KO loss to Jacare Souza in January. Both fighters believe they have enough left in the tank for a run at current champion Robert Whittaker and a match up between the two will provide the winner with the platform they need to push forward and break into the elusive top five.

Justin Willis (7-1-0)

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Justin Willis extended his unbeaten run to seven fights with a comfortable unanimous decision victory over Chase Sherman. The AKA trained 30-year-old is now 3-0 in the UFC and in a relatively shallow heavyweight division can only really be one more win away from cracking the top 15.

The fighter to put him in a position to face a ranked opponent is Shamil Abdurakhimov (18-4-0). The 36-year-old Russian last fought in November 2017 where he too picked up a win over ShermanAbdurakhimov has a significant experience advantage over Willis and will provide a true test of the American’s capabilities and readiness for the next step.

Frankie Edgar (23-6-1)

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Edgar was all set for a shot at the featherweight title at UFC 222 before champion Max Holloway picked up an injury which led to him dropping out of the contest. With Brian Ortega stepping in and knocking out Edgar at short notice, many would have forgiven Frankie for taking some time out before getting back to business. With his win against Swanson, Edgar puts his loss to Ortega firmly in the rear view mirror and places himself back at the head of the queue for a shot at the belt.

Now he has fought his way back into the win column, it makes perfect sense for Edgar to take a little time off, wait for Holloway (19-3-0) and Ortega (14-0-0, 1 n/c) to compete for the featherweight title at UFC 226 this July and finally get his chance at the UFC featherweight gold against the winner.

Kevin Lee (17-3-0)

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Kevin Lee has talked a big game over the past year or so and on Saturday night he backed that talk up with an impressively dominant victory over Edson Barboza in the main event. Lee survived a scare in the third round of the fight after Barboza connected with a beautifully executed spinning wheel kick which left the 28-year-old spaghetti legged in the centre of the octagon. Lee somehow retained his composure and survived, going on to win the fight via a doctors stoppage in the fifth round. It was a performance which was easily on par with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s one sided mauling of Barboza last December. While Lee will likely receive no small amount of criticism for failing to make weight prior to the fight, the performance he delivered in Atlantic City will do nothing but raise his stock in an already stacked lightweight division.

While Lee surprised nobody in calling out reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in his post fight octagon interview, he will likely find himself a little too low on the list of potential suitors to be granted the next shot at the belt. A more realistic option for his next bout would be Eddie Alvarez (29-5-0, 1 n/c)Alvarez also wants a chance to fight for the lightweight gold but is coming off a no contest against Dustin Poirier and is 1-1-0, 1 n/c in his last three fights. With that in mind, he doesn’t really have the strongest case for a shot at Khabib despite being ranked at number 3 in the division.  A win for either fighter would give them the ammunition they need to successfully petition for a shot at the champion later this year.