Kevin Lee is fighting for an interim lightweight championship in the main event of UFC 216. This is due, in part, to champ Conor McGregor being too busy diving into his piles of money like Scrooge McDuck, top-ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov being unable to fight for whatever reason, and Tony Ferguson needing an opponent.
Which isn’t to say Lee isn’t skilled, tough and accomplished. He is, and he just beat TUF winner Michael Chiesa pretty handily. But is Lee truly worthy of his shot?
Al Iaquinta doesn’t think so, and Iaquinta’s opinion matters more than most because he beat Lee back at UFC 169.
As per MMAFighting:
“There’s a lot of other people that should have gotten a title shot,” Iaquinta said. “He had a good interview. He was in the right place at the right time. He won the fight, Ferguson happened to be doing the FOX thing. They had a little back and forth. I think Kevin Lee, I don’t think he’s there.”
“I think Kevin Lee, he’s big, he’s strong, he’s a good wrestler,” Iaquinta said. “But his stand up is not there, he’s stiff. I don’t know. When I was growing up, I’d look at guys and I’d go, well he’s got some talent there, he’s good. He’s like championship worthy.
“Fighting brings out people. You can see what people are made of. I know exactly what he’s made of. I can see it clear as day.”