Kevin Lee was released from the UFC, he states MMA Fighting reporter Guilherme Cruz.
He wavered in his last fight at the world’s biggest MMA promotion, losing the welterweight clash by a unanimous decision from Daniel Rodriguez at the UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Chikadze in August this year.
After the competition, ‘The Motown Phenom’ was positive for the banned substance Adderall and was suspended for six months. But now he has been removed from the UFC list.
“Kevin Lee has been released from the UFC, sources told me and @DamonMartin. The story is coming to @MMAFighting,” Cruz said.
Here’s a Guilherme Cruz tweet confirming that Kevin Lee is leaving the UFC:
Lee is a former lightweight champion at the Total Warrior Combat (TWC) promotion. He also won three ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus awards in the UFC.
Kevin Lee fought Tony Ferguson for the transitional lightweight championship back in October 2017.
When he is a lightweight champion Conor McGregor did not defend his belt for almost a year, the UFC decided to organize a temporary match for the title between the best candidates of 155 pounds Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee.
Ferguson and Lee kicked off UFC 216 on October 7, 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. ‘El Cucuy’ won the clash using a throttle in the triangle to knock out their opponent in a time of 4:02 in the third round.
It was the first defeat in Kevin Lee’s career. The loss was the beginning of Lee’s downfall. This was followed by a rematch by Al Iaquinta. Over the years, he then faltered in his light heavyweight debut against Rafael Dos Anjos and lost by submission from current UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira.
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Meanwhile, the last two wins in his UFC career came against light heavyweight contenders Edson Barboza and Gregor Gillespie in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
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