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UFC releases former lightweight contender Kevin Lee

It’s back to the drawing board for former lightweight contender Kevin Lee.

According to a report from MMA Fighting, Lee has been released from his UFC contract. Lee or the UFC has not yet publicly released a statement confirming his release. (Editor’s Note: Lee appeared Wednesday Dec. 1 on “The MMA Hour” show to air his side of the story.)

Lee (18-7-0), 29, came into the octagon in February 2014, and after seven years leaves with an 11-7-0 record and a interim lightweight title fight loss to Tony Ferguson at UFC 216. The Ferguson fight was the start of a 2-5-0 slide which likely triggered his release, along with several weight misses at lightweight and a six-month suspension earlier this year for a banned stimulant.

The “Motown Phenom” does have several exciting wins that helped him rise in the division, including a TKO win over Gregor Gillespie, Edson Barboza, and Michael Chiesa. But as the defeats to top competition piled up, his personal problems started catching up to him too.

Lee appeared Wednesday on “The MMA Hour” show to confirm he was indeed released by the UFC via an email. He did mention that he has already been in touch with three organizations, including Triller.

It is possible that with some big wins in another promotion could bring Lee back to the UFC. But for now, the road for Kevin Lee is now outside of the octagon.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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