MMA: Kevin Lee wants UFC title shot this year

American Kevin Lee, 25, believes he is a "more complete" grappler than lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, and a far superior one compared to MMA's biggest draw Conor McGregor.
American Kevin Lee, 25, believes he is a "more complete" grappler than lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, and a far superior one compared to MMA's biggest draw Conor McGregor.ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR

Fifth-ranked lightweight MMA fighter feels he can beat Nurmagomedov and McGregor

Kevin Lee is one of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) fastest rising stars but yesterday showed he was even quicker with his mouth as he dismissed the pedigree of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.

The 25-year-old is UFC's fifth-ranked lightweight but felt he was a "more complete" grappler than division champion Nurmagomedov, and a far superior one compared to McGregor, the biggest name in mixed martial arts (MMA).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2018, with the headline 'Lee wants UFC title shot this year'. Print Edition | Subscribe