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Kevin Lee is undaunted by a ten-pound weight-cut ahead of his UFC interim lightweight title bout versus Tony Ferguson.
Lee has never missed a weight cut, but will be challenged more than ever before to make the 155-pound (70.3kg) limit for Saturday night’s fight, which is live on BT Sport 2.
"I feel like a million bucks, still full of a lot of energy. I’ve got a big weight cut ahead of me, so that’s where the focus is right now," Lee said Thursday at open workouts.
"Right now I’m about 174, something like that. I have a decent little cut. It ain’t going to be nothing different. I’ve cut from a lot higher than that.
If that weight is true, than Lee has to cut the equivalent of 19 pounds [8.6kg] or so to make weight. No easy feat in such a short space of time.
Speaking about the challenge, he continued: "It’s going to be smooth. I carry a lot of muscle, so it’s a lot easier for me to cut the water, and I’m just not a b*tch about it.
"I had tiramisu last night. So, look, look, the sh*t gonna hurt when it gets down to the last [few pounds], when it gets down to the end, but I’m gonna man up about it, especially when you’re talking 20 percent [of my purse]. There’s a lot of things I’d do for 40 or 50 gs, I’ll tell you that right now."
Lee’s coach Robert Follis was similarly defiant in his belief that the weight cut would pose no problems either health- or performance-wise.
"We’ve done this every camp," Follis said. "He’s a huge dude. And I would venture to say Tony’s probably not a lot smaller at this point.
"You’re talking about the big, big guys in this division and they all have tough weight cuts, and until we make a change in the rules, that’s going to be what it is.
"Until they add some weight classes or change how the weight cuts go, if you want to be a dominant force, you’re going to be pushing that envelope. But we’ve never missed weight and I don’t expect it to be a problem in this one either."
You can watch Kevin Lee fight Tony Ferguson for the UFC interim lightweight title on Sunday morning, with coverage starting at 1am, on BT Sport 2.
Image: Getty/Steve Marcus.
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