UFC lightweight Kevin Lee is fresh off his first round submission win over Michael Chiesa this Sunday in Oklahoma City, which saw him continue his impressive win streak.
Prior to the fight, there were reports of Lee training at Floyd Mayweather’s gym in order to help Mayweather prepare for his upcoming August 26th showdown with Conor McGregor. Following his win over Chiesa, Lee revealed that he believes McGregor will be on the decline following his fight with Mayweather.
He spoke to Slip ‘n Dip:
“I think honestly he’ll be on the decline when he comes back[after the Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight]. He’s been on the decline for a minute. I think he’ll be on the decline, even more, when he comes back,” Lee said. “His skill set is starting to stagnate. You just put the pressure on him. Keep the pressure on him. He’s too small to hang with us 55’ers. Guys like me and Chiesa, a lot of these guys I fought, you know? Francisco Trinaldo is bigger than me, you know what I mean? Right now I’m sitting here at 185, 189 pounds. I think you put the pressure on him and take him down, and he’s out of his world. He’s gonna sit there and lose guard. Come on.”
Conor McGregor of course currently reigns as the lightweight champion despite fighting at 155 pounds just once in his UFC career, in his most recent fight, where he won the lightweight title by defeating Eddie Alvarez via 2nd round TKO.
While McGregor has yet to defend the lightweight title, UFC President Dana White revealed that after the fight with Mayweather, McGregor would “turn right around” and defend his lightweight title. In addition, McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh revealed that McGregor would ideally defend his title before the end of 2017.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/27/2017.