Kevin Lee is targeting a lightweight clash with former champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 229. Brett Okamoto first reported the news via Twitter on Monday, promising more details on the ESPN live show.
During his appearance on the call-in show, Kevin Lee told Ariel Helwani that he wants to face Pettis on October 6th. Back in June, Lee told the media that he wanted to face MMA legend Georges St-Pierre. Lee, who has struggled to make the lightweight limit, wanted an inaugural 165 pound belt to be on the line.
Lee told Helwani that he had nixed this plan. He recently spoke to St-Pierre in person and he politely declined the fight.
Lee has instead turned his attention to ‘Showtime’ Pettis, a win over the former 155 pound champion would bolster Lee’s claim to a title shot.
The main event of that card features one of the biggest fights in UFC history when Conor McGregor challenges Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title. Lee told Helwani that he wants to be an alternate for the title clash in the event that one of the participants withdraws.
It is odd that Lee is in this position. A fighter as maketable and skilled as Lee should not be scrambling for an opponent. It should be interesting to see who Lee faces next, he is always exciting regardless of his opponent.