Days After returning to UFC following brief spell at Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC, Kevin Lee draws curtain on his MMA career

Kevin Lee, who departed from the UFC approximately two years ago, made a comeback earlier this year by signing a new contract with the promotion. However, Lee has once again announced his retirement, not only from the UFC but from MMA altogether.

Following consecutive losses against Charles Oliveira and Daniel Rodriguez in 2021, the former contender for the interim lightweight title, was released from the UFC. Subsequently, he secured a one-fight contract with Eagle FC, an organization associated with Khabib Nurmagomedov, in which Lee emerged victorious. 

Kevin Lee announces retirement

After making his comeback to the UFC, Lee participated in a single fight against Rinat Fakhretdinov during the recent UFC Fight Night. Unfortunately, the 30-year-old fighter experienced another loss in this bout.

As a consequence, Lee took to his social media platforms to share a video announcing his retirement from the sport.

“To make a long story short, I’m deciding to retire from MMA and the UFC. It’s been 12 years, 12 long years of me being the best fighter I can be, and a lot of hard work, a lot of dedication to trying to be the best fighter in the world.” Lee said.

During the announcement, Kevin reflected on his MMA journey, acknowledging that he had an impressive career by facing numerous tough opponents, including some of the world’s most formidable fighters. The American fighter emphasized that he never shied away from challenges and constantly pushed himself beyond his perceived limits.

“I hold my head up high. I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to but I’m proud of myself for this career that I’ve had and I appreciate everybody who has given two f****s about me and everybody who has supported me.” Kevin added.  

Although Kevin did not explicitly disclose the exact reason for his retirement, the Michigan-born mentioned the past three years have been physically demanding, with numerous injuries taking a toll on his body. Additionally, he revealed that he requires another surgery following his last fight, further contributing to his choice to step away from the sport.

Kevin Lee’s MMA career highlights

Kevin Lee, who last tasted victory in the UFC three years ago, joined the organization in 2014. Throughout his mixed martial arts career, he has accumulated a record of 19 wins, 8 losses, and no draws.

Notably, in the past five years, Kevin secured victories against opponents such as Gregor Gillespie and Edson Barboza. One of the standout moments in Lee’s career was his bout against Tony Ferguson at UFC 216.

This fight was for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship. However, Ultimately, it was Ferguson who emerged triumphant, securing a submission victory in the third round.

Do you see any possibility that Kevin Lee will be back in the octagon in the future? Share your favorite Motown Phenom moment in the comment section. 

Khandaker Muntasir

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As a passionate UFC enthusiast, Khandaker Muntasir Hossain provides coverage of MMA, wrestling, and boxing on multiple platforms. With his deep knowledge of sports, he immerses readers in the excitement of various arenas, whether it's the octagon, squared circle, pitch, court, or ring. Through his writing and love for sports, he aims to motivate others to explore their own sporting interests and experience the magic that sports bring.


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