So the question lies, “Where does Kevin Lee fit into this?” Hardcore MMA fans know the reference of that line. Kevin Lee just suffered another back-to-back loss and this time against Daniel Rodriguez at welterweight. He was coming off a long layoff and it was a lightweight loss against Charles Oliveira who ended up becoming the lightweight champion.
After a disappointing loss for Lee, he issued a statement and took the loss well. He has been out of the Octagon for 300 days and he had a short notice change of opponent since Sean Brady withdrew to an injury.
Kevin Lee was one of the rising prospects during his early years, many thought he would be the next big star. He was well-rounded and has a longer reach over his opponents that gives him a better advantage but sadly he fades in the later rounds. Lee’s biggest problem is his heart and cardio as he tends to get fatigued after round 1.
Lee is still a talented fighter, he once fought for the interim lightweight champion against Tony Ferguson. He had success in the first round but unfortunately fell short once he was gassed. It may have been due to the weight cut or the staph infection.
Also, Lee looked smaller compared to Daniel Rodriguez, he might need to think about moving back down to lightweight as he might have the size advantage. The question is should he move down and cut more weight on fight night? Lee knows his body better than anyone else but he has shown to have better success at the lightweight division.