UFC lightweight contender Kevin Lee has long been adamant that the UFC needs a 165-pound division, citing the fact that many fighters are too big to easily make the lightweight division’s 155-pound limit, but are also undersized for the 170-pound welterweight division. The key would be to abolish the 170-pound welterweight division, and in it’s place add 165 and 175 pound divisions.
“The 155 pound and 170 pound [divisions] are so messed up right now,” Lee said in a recent interview with The Straits Times. “You’ve got three titles between the two divisions already, so they’ve got to add another weight class.
”I think me and Georges for the 165lb title makes the most amount of sense. You do Conor [McGregor] and Khabib [Nurmagomedov] in October, you do me and Georges in November, at Madison Square Garden.
”And maybe you do Tyron [Woodley] and Colby [Covington] to figure out the [175 pound] division.”
While many members of the MMA community seemed to be receptive of Kevin Lee’s proposal, Lee’s fellow lightweight contender Al Iaquinta is not. Iaquinta mocked Lee on Twitter after hearing his hopes for a 165 pound weight class.
Can’t make 155 so instead of jumping in the 170 pool GUY thinks he deserves his own weight class and belt HA HA HA https://t.co/T9x3iHSJk1
— Al Iaquinta🗽 (@ALIAQUINTA) June 23, 2018
“Can’t make 155 so instead of jumping in the 170 pool GUY thinks he deserves his own weight class and belt HA HA HA,” Iaquinta said of Kevin Lee.
Needless to say, Iaquinta is not on board with Lee’s plan.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/25/2018.