Former interim UFC lightweight title challenger, Kevin Lee has put pen to paper on a multi-fight deal with Russian-based promotion, Eagle FC, following his release from the aforenoted, UFC back in November.
Michigan native, Lee was handed his release from the UFC back in November of this year following a unanimous decision loss to Daniel Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 35 in August, which came before a failed NSAC drug test after he tested positive for Adderall, resulting in a six-month retroactive suspension. Lee was also slapped with a hefty suspension, and maintained he had been prescribed Adderall to help deal with his diagnosed ADHD.
Per a report from Ariel Helwani this Wednesday afternoon, Lee, a one-time interim lightweight title challenger during his tenure with the UFC, has signed a multi-fight deal with the Khabib Nurmagomedov founded, Eagle FC, with his promotional debut date, or opponent, currently yet to be determined.
“Kevin Lee has signed a multi-fight deal with Eagle FC, sources say,” Helwani tweeted. “Debut date and opponent still TBD (to be determined). EFC is the promotion founded by Khabib Nurmagomedov that is planning to hold as many 10 (sic) events in America in 2022.”
Speculation began to mount regarding Lee’s impending signature with the promotion, following comments from the aforenoted, Khabib earlier this week, when the Dagestan native confirmed his organization had held talks with the Flint native.
Making his Octagon return in August, Lee had been sidelined since March of last year, after suffering a pair of ACL tears in each of his knees.
The above mentioned decision loss to Rodriguez came as his fourth loss in his last five professional outings.
The one-time interim lightweight title challenger last entered the winner’s enclosure at UFC 244 in November 2019, when he handed the #10 ranked, Gregor Gillespie a stunning, highlight-reel high kick knockout loss. The defeat is the sole of Gillespie’s professional career.
During his seven-year tenure with the UFC, Lee had bested the likes of Michel Prazeres, Efrain Escudero, Magomed Mustafaev, Francisco Trinaldo, Michael Chiesa, and Edson Barboza.
Lee once challenged for interim lightweight gold back in October 2017 at UFC 216, suffering an eventual third round triangle loss to Tony Ferguson in a main event clash.
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