Kevin Lee
The Motown Phenom

USA

Announced as Brasilia headliner
LightweightUFC
January 14, 2020
Lee will headline UFC Brasilia against Charles Oliveira on March 14, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lee knocked out Gregor Gillespie in November, his first fight back in the lightweight division after losing two straight welterweight matches. He'll remain a lightweight to face Oliveira, who has won six fights in a row.
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Destroys Gregor Gillespie at MSG
LightweightUFC
November 2, 2019
Lee defeated Gregor Gillespie via KO (head kick) at 2:47 of Round 1 at UFC 244 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
Lee used his sheer power to eliminate the cardio and wrestling edge held by Gillespie. Entering as the much bigger man, Lee looked fresh in what ended up being a three-minute kickboxing match. He got popped a few times by Gillespie, but his chin held up. He connected with one quick combination before destroying Gillespie with a perfect head kick. Gillespie was out cold long before he hit the mat. It's a near guarantee that Lee will earn a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts (later confirmed by UFC President Dana White). Although Lee has been around for seemingly ever, he turned just 27 years of age this past September. More importantly, he made the move to Montreal to join the team at TriStar full-time for this camp and it obviously paid dividends. Head Coach Firas Zahabi had Lee employ a much tighter striking style with his hands held high and it worked. Lee made a brief cameo at welterweight but this result all but ensures his immediate future will be at 155 pounds.
Facing off against Gregor Gillespie
LightweightUFC
October 1, 2019
Lee will fight Gregor Gillespie in a lightweight bout at UFC 244 on Nov. 2, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lee is coming off a welterweight loss to Rafael dos Anjos, and he's now 1-3 in his last four bouts. This will be a tough return to the lightweight division, as Gillespie has won all five fights at the UFC level and looks like a legitimate contender for the title.
Moving back to lightweight
LightweightUFC
September 13, 2019
Lee intends to move back down to the lightweight division for his next fight, Jed Meshew of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lee moved up to welterweight for his most recent fight against Rafael dos Anjos, but it didn't go as planned and he lost via submission (arm-triangle) in Round 4. That result apparently made him rethink his weight class, and so it appears he'll be left with just one welterweight fight under his belt.
Falls in welterweight debut
LightweightUFC
May 18, 2019
Lee lost to Rafael dos Anjos via submission (arm-triangle) at 3:47 of Round 4 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Rochester, New York.
ANALYSIS
Lee started quickly in his welterweight debut before the gas tank quickly hit empty. "The Motown Phenom" looked ripped and comfortable with the extra 15 pounds on his frame, but his inability to conserve his energy led to his downfall. Lee had his greatest success at lightweight when he fought a physical style and out-muscled his competition, but that type of game isn't going to play at 170 pounds where his opposition is bigger and stronger. If Lee plans on remaining at welterweight, he is going to have to alter his game plan to be successful. This could potentially be a leaning experience for the talented 26-year-old, but if tonight is any indication, his best work will likely come at 155 pounds despite an incredibly difficult weight cut. Sporting a 1-3 record in his last four fights, Lee's next move is very much in question.
Making move to welterweight
LightweightUFC
March 20, 2019
Lee will fight at the welterweight level against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Rochester on May 18, Damon Martin of MMAWeekly.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lee has reportedly been thinking about making the move up to welterweight for a while now due to his struggles cutting down to 155 pounds. He'll now look to redeem himself in this new division after losing to Al Iaquinta last December. Even though Lee is moving up, he'll still have a slight height advantage and eight inches in reach on dos Anjos, who is a former lightweight fighter as well. Statistically, Lee holds edges in striking volume, takedowns landed and takedown defense, though the stats for dos Anjos are a bit skewed after he was taken down 12 times by now-champion Kamaru Usman. The winner here will have a case for a title shot, especially if finished in convincing fashion.