On the heels of his massive submission win over Michael Chiesa earlier this month, Kevin Lee was offered a position coaching on The Ultimate Fighter opposite Eddie Alvarez. While Lee apparently accepted the fight in minutes, Alvarez turned the fight down.
He spoke to MMAJunkie to discuss the situation:
“YOU’VE GOT EDDIE, AND YOU’VE GOT GATHJE, WHO ARE BOTH BRAIN DEAD. THEY’RE GOING TO GO IN THERE, THEY’RE GOING TO TALK, AND THEY’RE GOING TO SLUR SOME WORDS AT EACH OTHER. NOBODY IS GOING TO WATCH IT. IT’S GOING TO BE TERRIBLE. I FEEL SORRY FOR THE WOMEN ON THE SHOW, BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT GOING TO GET AS MANY EYEBALLS.”
In regards to Gaethje’s Fight of the Year candidate against Michael Johnson at the TUF 25 Finale, Lee wasn’t all that impressed:
“JOHNSON, TO ME, HE’S A JOURNEYMAN. HE’S ALWAYS BEEN A JOURNEYMAN. AND APPARENTLY BEATING MICHAEL JOHNSON REALLY MEANS SOMETHING IN THIS GAME. YOU HAD KHABIB THAT BEAT HIM, AND PEOPLE THINK HE’S THE NUMBER ONE CONTENDER FOR BEATING MICHAEL JOHNSON. TO ME, MIKE’S A JOURNEYMAN. WHAT ELSE CAN YOU SAY? I THINK HE QUIT IN THE FIRST MINUTE OF THE FIRST ROUND. YOU SEE IT IN HIS EYES.
“YOU SEE IN THE FIRST ROUND, HE QUITS, AND HE’S STILL ABLE TO HURT GAETHJE. HE’S STILL ABLE TO HURT HIM JUST OFF HIS SKILL AND JUST OFF THEM BACK-THE-F—K-UP-OFF-ME PUNCHES. YOU LOOK AT GAETHJE’S SKILL, HE’S BASIC. HE’S HITTABLE. HE LIKES TO BE HIT. I WANT TO SEE HOW MANY PUNCHES HE CAN TAKE AGAINST A DANGEROUS FIGHTER.”
Lee of course has been left without an opponent now.
Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/22/2017.