Lightweight contender Kevin Lee suffered a serious setback last night at UFC Milwaukee.
The ‘Motown Phenom’ lost out to Tony Ferguson last year for the interim 155lb. belt, but he was eyeing up another title charge after a great fifth round victory over Edson Barboza back in April.
A second unanimous decision loss to Al Iaquinta has scuppered those hopes however, leaving the 26-year-old looking for a change in weight.
He shared his disappointment with the media after the fight (via MMAFighting), and mulled over a move to 170 pounds.
“Devastating, embarrassed,” Lee admitted. “This sport sometimes has the lowest of lows, and it really don’t feel lower than now, but I’ll be all right.
“I might not get another shot at Al, but I’ve fought a lot of great fighters in my career, and he’s definitely up there amongst them. We’ll see once everything gets settled down.”
“It might be time for me to make that change,” Lee said when the move was raised.
“I knew it about a year ago, but I’m a real stubborn son of a bitch, so I’m just going to try to make as many adjustments as I can and make it as clean as I can, but it still is very rough for me to get down to this weight. Maybe now it’s time to just go up and look at other options.
“I think I can compete very, very well at 170 and be fast in and out of the pocket, too. I don’t know. We’ll see as I kind of get healed up and everything.”
Welterweight is proving to be no less competitive however, with Kamaru Usman, Stephen Thompson and Darren Till among the contenders, and even the likes of Gunnar Nelson and Santiago Ponzinibbio further down the rankings proving to be dangerous.