As far as Kevin Lee is concerned, his fight with Tony Ferguson is for the real UFC lightweight title.
Budding UFC prospect Kevin Lee is not too impressed with Conor McGregor.
Although McGregor, the current lightweight champion, is the biggest star in the sport and has only lost once under the UFC banner, ‘The Motown Phenom’ thinks he has lost three of his last four fights.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani ahead of his headlining lightweight interim title bout against Tony Ferguson at UFC 216, Lee said that he doesn’t even think McGregor is the rightful champion.
“If he wants a shot at the real champion, he [McGregor] knows who to come to,” Lee said on Wednesday. “If not, maybe he should go back and take a fight versus Diaz or something like that. Show that you can beat the man because, like I said, he lost three of his last four fights.”
McGregor, 29, lost to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 but came back to win the welterweight rematch at UFC 202. After beating Eddie Alvarez for the 155-pound strap last year, the Irishman went on to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in one of the biggest fights in combat sports history on Aug. 26.
McGregor had some early success against Floyd but eventually succumbed to a barrage of punches in the 10th round. Lee, who is ranked as the No. 7 lightweight contender in the world, criticized McGregor’s performance and said he was out-wrestled by the much smaller Mayweather.
The 25-year-old went as far as to say that ‘The Notorious’ isn’t even the biggest challenge in the lightweight division.
“He just got out-wrestled by a man that’s this tall,” Lee said in reference to the Mayweather bout. “A boxer that’s 30-40 pounds lighter than me, and he out-wrestled him. He gotta show me a little bit more. He gotta start barking at me. I ain’t really that impressed. I like a good challenge, and he ain’t the biggest challenge right now at 155.”
When asked if he is planning to call out McGregor after UFC 216, Lee said he will ‘go with the moment’.
UFC 216, which features Lee vs. Ferguson in the main event, takes place this Saturday, October 7, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.