A lot of people were writing off Kevin Lee. ‘The Motown Phenom’ has had a rough time of late. After losing three of his last four fights, Lee’s momentum stalled. But he’s still just 27-years-old. As an athlete, he’s just coming into this prime and it looks like he may have just turned a corner in his career.
However, Lee decided to move to Tristar Gym in Montreal. He possesses a lot of similar physical attributes to Georges St. Pierre. So why not move to the gym that trained the Canadian legend? Lee has been missing a top trainer to guide him along his journey. Firas Zahabi could be the man to unlock his undoubted potential.
The Detroit fighter took a very dangerous fight against rising lightweight contender Gregor Gillespie. Nobody wanted to fight ‘The Gift.’ The unbeaten wrestler is Khabib-like in his approach and for Lee, this was a massive risk. But if you check out this head kick KO, you can say it was worth it.
Kevin Lee is back! The "Motown Phenom" (18-5) returns to lightweight with a vengeance, vanquishing Gregor Gillespie and his six-fight tear with a savage, first-round head kick off of a right hand! Reborn under Tristar Gym, he busts his 1-3 slump in spectacular fashion. #UFC244 pic.twitter.com/ru6nhXSUWI
— Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) November 3, 2019
Lee came to UFC 244 with a chip on his shoulder. He knew that the bookmakers had him down as an underdog. First of all, Gillespie had an unbeaten record of 13-0 and nobody wanted to fight him. After dropping losses to Al Iaquinta and Rafael Dos Anjos, many had written Lee off.
However, they didn’t count on him fighting smarter than before and coming out with an actual gameplan. About halfway through the first round, Lee landed a right hand. It stunned Gillespie and before he had time to react, Lee planted him with a devastating head kick. It’s one of the best head kick finishes we’ve ever seen. Brutal.
But Lee isn’t looking for an easy return to action. After the fight, he called out Islam Machakev. Khabib Nurmagamedov’s teammate is another very tough match-up.
— Pissed Off Twood (@chosen1twood) November 3, 2019
Elsewhere on the night, Corey Anderson derailed the Johnny Walker hype train in savage fashion. Brazilian fighter Walker is an explosive giant. He’d never been out of the first round in the UFC. Many saw him as the man to knock out Jon Jones. But Anderson had other ideas. He’s not happy with the UFC and came to Madison Square Garden with a point to prove.
But boy did he prove it. Anderson came out swinging and immediately stunned walker. He used his combination of wrestling skills and dirty boxing to absolutely blast Walker out of it. Although the Brazilian was still standing, he was clearly on wobbly legs. It was a fair stoppage as it may add years to Walker’s career.
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When the fight finished, Anderson verbally abused everybody in the area. He slammed his stricken opponent and verbally targeted Walker’s corner. Later he issued a statement apologising and saying that he had just had a rush of emotion.
He also told the UFC to either give him his title shot or release him. It will be interesting to see what happens there. Dominick Reyes looks like the number one contender at light-heavyweight. But Jones v Anderson has genuine bad blood. It might be the Texan’s time.