Following his fifth-round TKO triumph over Edson Barboza, Kevin Lee required a standoff with UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But, the way to the divisional boss is a long way from clear with Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez additionally hoping to bond their places as the main challengers to the Russian’s crown.
“Here’s the thing — Eddie was too fat to take a fight less than a month ago,” Lee told the gathered media backstage in Atlantic City.
“When you say something like that and you’re not ready, the opportunity passes you by. The man already done had his shot and he lost it and lost it embarrassingly. It is what it is, he was too fat a little while ago, if he wants the work he can get it.”
Although Lee assumes Poirier has done what’s necessary to win himself a title shot, he believes he conveys significantly more to the table as a test for “The Eagle”.
“Dustin… I mean, if the folks want to see Dustin, they will, but I don’t feel he raises as many questions that really need to be answered,” Lee said. “I feel like I bring a complete style to this game and I can raise up a lot of questions that people want answers for, especially with someone like Khabib.”
“Khabib can’t wrestle me, he can’t outwork me, he can’t out-strike me. So we’re going to see what’s the better fight and what the UFC want because that’s what really matters.”