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Kevin Lee: "UFC said Makachev isnt a big enough of a draw for a fight with me. Not a big name"

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  1. Verace Gold Belt

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    Just said on Ariel Helwani show.

    The reason the fight didnt get made was because the UFC didnt like the idea. Nobody knows Makachev and Kevin Lee is a big name in the division. They want him in bigger fights.

    But Lee said after this fight he will see if he can get the UFC to agree again. And he wants to fight him in Russia.

    I guess the only way we see it is if Kevin Lee loses vs Oliveira.
     
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  2. MMA since 1993 ____________ Banned

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    Respect to FKL, he wants the tough fights
     
  3. SeattleFightFan Steel Belt

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    So did he really sign a contract UFC gave him in Dec like he said then? Why would they give him a contract?

    https://www.mmanews.com/kevin-lee-says-hes-waiting-on-islam-makhachev-to-sign-bout-agreement/

    Or maybe he was loose with verbiage. Maybe he signed a pre-committment or some such thing.
     
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  4. NoBiasJustMMA Steel Belt

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    Is Olivera really more well known? This reason seems odd since Olivera doesn't seem very popular himself.
     
  5. Zebra Cheeks 2 Cheeks And A Soda Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Dang, Islam in Russia? That’s some huge balls. Gotta respect people that not only want the hard fight, but want it in enemy territory
     
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  6. Eat crow Banned Banned

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    The UFC saved this poor man's life

    Makhachev would've blasted his chin back to Detroit
     
  7. Bluntforce420 Black Belt

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    They still fight in a cage. The location only matters if ur mentally weak
     
  8. flowoftruth Brown Belt

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    more well known than olivier and gregor
     
  9. Willie Brown Belt

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    Makhachev is not a big name but Gillespie is ?
     
  10. FightsFTW Silver Belt

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    He's not. After Lee said that, he mentioned what he thought was the real reason they don't want him to fight Makachev, which is they don't want Kevin to win, they don't want him to beat a possible top prospect.
     
  11. Sweater of AV Gold Belt

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    Islam feeling the Bern. TFKL trying to make the UFC great again.
     
  12. Fossor Black Belt

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    Fighter Kevin Lee is a liar!
    How is Gillespie bigger than Makhachev?!
    Islam Makhachev 1.9 million(!) instagram followers!
    Fighter Kevin Lee 300,000 instagram followers!
    Gillespie 60,000 instagram followers!
     
  13. Verace Gold Belt

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    Oliveira in Brazil and Makachev in Russia.... Gotta respect that.

    At this point i dont even know what we can trust to be true anymore.

    Just posting what he said.

    He didnt studder or sounded like he was trying to find an excuse. He replied instantly. He's either a good liar or he already had the excuse ready in his back pocket. Thats my read on that, but i dont have one as to what is true and whats not.
     
  14. Yagadot Purple Belt

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    Maybe they want him to fight Gaethje.
     
  15. Nightwish Brown Belt

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    China vs Russia. This is the fight to make.
     
  16. SeattleFightFan Steel Belt

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    agreed. my guess is he got ahead of himself (maybe 'exaggerated' instead of 'lied'), and would now prefer to move on and talk about current events :)
     
  17. KeepItRealist Gold Belt

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    While everyone knows who Charles Oliviera is.
     
  18. Spath Black Belt

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    No one wants to fight Makhachev because ”he’s not a big name”.

    Can’t be a big name if you can’t get a fight.

    <mma3>
     
  19. Willy Knuckles Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Olivera is way more known and has been fighting way longer. Not to mention they love him in Brazil, a more proven market than Russia for the UFC. He's a bigger name for sure, not sure by how much of a margin though
     
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    ah yes, the guy with 1 KO in 8 years would have knocked him out
     

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