UFC’s Kevin Lee on getting Heel hooked by Oliveira: 3 knee surgeries & I’m still recovering 4 years later

Kevin Lee is gearing up for a resurgence in his MMA career, determined to reclaim his former glory after facing setbacks in recent years.

Once touted as a potential Lightweight champion, the 31-year-old fighter reached an interim title opportunity in 2017 but fell short against Tony Ferguson, succumbing to a third-round triangle choke. Since then, Lee’s performance hasn’t matched the heights of his earlier career, with a record of 3 wins and 5 losses in his eight bouts post-Ferguson, bringing his overall record to 19 wins and 8 losses.

After a brief retirement, Lee has returned to the Octagon, eager to reignite his career. However, he faces challenges beyond his opponents in the cage. Struggling with injuries and uncertainties about his ideal weight class, Lee has encountered obstacles on his journey back to the top.

Reflecting on his past struggles, Lee pointed to his loss to Charles Oliveira in March 2020 as a turning point. Lee revealed that Oliveira inflicted significant damage to both his knees during their bout, resulting in three knee surgeries and ongoing recovery efforts four years later. Despite the adversity, Lee emphasized his respect for Oliveira’s performance and acknowledged the risks of facing such formidable opponents.

In his most recent fight at Welterweight against Rinat Fakhretdinov, Lee suffered a swift defeat when Fakhretdinov secured a guillotine choke, rendering Lee unconscious in less than a minute. Despite the setback, Lee remains determined to bounce back and showcase his resilience in the face of adversity.

As Lee prepares for his next challenge, he is focused on overcoming his past setbacks and proving himself once again as a force to be reckoned with in the MMA world.