According to official UFC rankings, Kevin Lee isn’t even a top five lightweight. But thanks to Conor McGregor sailing the seas on a yacht made of hundred dollar bills, and Khabib Nurmagomedov being about as reliable as a yacht made of Cheetos, Lee is facing Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title in the main event of UFC 216.
Such is life.
And anyway, Lee doesn’t put much stock in rankings anyway. As per MMAFighting:
“I don’t see why even other fighters are putting [stock in the rankings],” Lee said. “Them rankings, they don’t matter. Y’all make the rankings. I don’t give a f*ck about them rankings. The only thing everybody above us in this division got on me is some years, is some time. That’s it. So, when you look at the rankings, they don’t really matter. You look at some of these dudes who are in the top 25, top 30, they’re tough enough, they would beat any of the guys in the top five.
“They got Nate Diaz, who’s got 10, 11 losses, in the top five. It don’t make sense. They’ve got Justin Gaethje, who’s only got one fight against — apparently beating Mike Johnson in this game is really something, because you’ve got Khabib (Nurmagomedov) up there at No. 1 and [he doesn’t] fight, you’ve got Gaethje with one fight up above me. The rankings don’t even mean sh*t. So you can say I’m No. 7. You can say whatever you want to say. I say I’m No. 1 and it’s going to be proven on Oct. 7.”