Former UFC interim lightweight title challenger Kevin Lee has announced that he’s moving up to welterweight after rehabbing from ACL surgeries on both his knees.
“I’m moving to 170lbs for the foreseeable future,” Lee stated on Twitter. “Oliveira can have the lightweights we’ll get that back later.”
Lee’s last fight saw him lose by submission to the aforementioned Charles Oliveira back in March of last year. That marked Lee’s fourth loss in his last six fights at lightweight, and was also the second time that he’d missed weight in the division.
As yet Lee doesn’t have an opponent officially booked for his first fight at 170lbs, but it seems that he has a few ideas.
“@PlatinumPerry we fighting July 10 or what @seanshelby @danawhite,” Lee enquired, while also going on to state, “I wonder what
@Ruthless_RL doing in July 🤔🤔”
Meanwhile, a fan questioned whether it was such a good idea for Lee to be moving up to 170lbs at this time.
“Why would you do that now that the top guys are getting older, and the unbeatable champ retired. Also at welterweight the champ is as big as a light heavyweight how do you compete with that🤔,” Steven Thanasi enquired.
“I like a challenge,” Lee responded. “Even though I feel I deserve Oliveira rematch, a lot of bullshit happened around that fight.”