Although Conor McGregor may have the UFC lightweight division on lockdown, it is far from lacking in terms of excitement
Alvarez and Gaethje have been confirmed as the coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 26. Kevin Lee, the 155-pound upstart currently making waves in the division, is clearly far from impressed (via MMAJunkie):
“I think if you even ask anybody in the UFC, and they say (me vs. Gaethje) is the better fight to make,” Lee told MMAjunkie. “That’s the better TV. If they really wanted to push ‘TUF,’ I think that would’ve been the better option, and I think if you ask anybody in the know, they would’ve said the same thing.
“You’ve got Eddie, and you’ve got Gathje, who are both brain dead. They’re going to go in there, they’re going to talk, and they’re going to slur some words at each other. Nobody is going to watch it. It’s going to be terrible. I feel sorry for the women on the show, because they’re not going to get as many eyeballs.”
Lee’s lack of enthusiasm did not end there. When asked how he received Gaethje’s UFC debut against Michael Lee recently, “The Motown Phenom” displayed a carefree attitude with punctuates his self-confidence and, more importantly, his sense of entitlement in a division he feels he will one day reign over:
“Oh, as the ‘Fight of the Year?’ OK,” Lee said.
He continued, “Johnson, to me, he’s a journeyman. He’s always been a journeyman. And apparently beating Michael Johnson really means something in this game. You had Khabib (Nurmagomedov) that beat him, and people think he’s the No. 1 contender for beating Michael Johnson. To me, Mike’s a journeyman. What else can you say? I think he quit in the first minute of the first round. You see it in his eyes. …
“You see in the first round (that) he quits, and he’s still able to hurt Gaethje. He’s still able to hurt him just off his skill and just off them back-the-(expletive)-up-off-me punches. You look at Gaethje’s skill, he’s basic. He’s hitable. He likes to be hit. I want to see how many punches he can take against a dangerous fighter.”