Kevin Lee shares his thoughts on Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor and being selected as a training partner for Floyd.
After going 8-2 in the UFC, lightweight fighter Kevin Lee is finally starting to get some love from the promotion. His last fight in March was his first to make it off the prelims, and in June he’s set to headline UFC Fight Night 112 against Michael Chiesa. It also doesn’t hurt that his name got tossed around a lot surrounding the whole Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor superfight on account of Floyd bringing him in to emulate Conor.
But Floyd’s plans for a training camp never came together as fight negotiations continue to drag while UFC president Dana White claims he’s waiting for the birth of Conor McGregor’s first child later in May. Lee talked about the situation on a new epsisode of Submission Radio (via Bloody Elbow):
“The fight was supposed to happen in June, which I would have been available to help him. But if they ain’t gonna fight until July, November, whenever they’re gonna fight, I don’t know, but If it interferes with my schedule, I’m putting them on the backburner. I’ll let them make their own cheese.”
“The only reason I was gonna do it was cause the money was nice, you know, the money, everything that comes with it, the notoriety and everything. But I’m gonna create that for myself. So when they put the fight off, I was like, okay, I’m gonna take this fight with Michael Chiesa. I’m not gonna sit around and wait, I’ll beat McGregor my damn self. I don’t need to help somebody else do it.”
Initially, Lee suggested Mayweather may not be able to knock McGregor out in a potential fight due to McGregor’s size advantage. But now he’s thinking Floyd will still manage to finish the UFC lightweight champion off due to the length of a boxing match.
“I think Mayweather would stop him in the later rounds. He (McGregor) would be exhausted,” Lee said. “He will be exhausted after a few rounds. It’s just that pace. That pace is different, it’s just a different sport. And people really don’t understand that because we also throw punches, but it’s just different. The rule set is different. Literally, everything is different. MMA would be different if you just said you can’t kick anymore or you can’t throw knees. MMA in itself would be totally different. So it’s just a different sport, it’s just a different type of body type that goes into it, it’s a different type of way of preparing the body. It’s just different.”
Whether Lee will end up helping Mayweather prepare for McGregor again once a deal is inevitably realized is unclear. But if Kevin is correct, Mayweather may not need too much help from a UFC fighter … he can just rely on McGregor being unable to last in the twelve round world of boxing.
Source:: mma mania