UFC 216: Kevin Lee Is Confused By Khabib’s Place In The Rankings, Says “The Man Don’t Fight!”

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MMA H.E.A.T. was at Hinoki And The Bird in Los Angeles, CA, for a media lunch with UFC 216’s Demetrious Johnson and Kevin Lee, where Karyn Bryant asked Kevin about fellow UFC Lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov. Kevin talks about Khabib’s place in the rankings and wonders why he’s still listed so highly even though he fights infrequently.

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246 Comments on "UFC 216: Kevin Lee Is Confused By Khabib’s Place In The Rankings, Says “The Man Don’t Fight!”"

  1. I like Kahbib but you have to respect Kevin Lee dude hasn't lied yet. He calls them out and I believe he is always serious he hasn't turned anyone down. Now I'm a fan of Kahbib but I am also becoming more and more of a fan of Kevin Lee I like his style….But we will see if Kevin Lee actually stands a chance if he Males Furguson bad you'll know….

  2. Everyone calling Khabib a "pussy" because he's "inactive" and doesn't fight. Okay he's inactive, but he ain't a pussy, like for crying out loud, his fucking liver failed on him. Dude almost died trying to cut weight, and people saying he doesn't want to fight. SMH

  3. Everyone calling Khabib a "pussy" because he's "inactive" and doesn't fight. Okay he's inactive, but he ain't a pussy, like for crying out loud, his fucking liver failed on him. Dude almost died trying to cut weight, and people saying he doesn't want to fight. SMH

  4. He tries to copy mcgregor in speech and attitude and now he has a head band with the same message as mcgregors pin strip suit. Hard to hate the guy though, he is doing his best to be a super star. Pity he is not more original.

  5. He tries to copy mcgregor in speech and attitude and now he has a head band with the same message as mcgregors pin strip suit. Hard to hate the guy though, he is doing his best to be a super star. Pity he is not more original.

  6. Kevin Lee is marketing himself by calling out guys like Tony and Khabib. Lee maybe talented but if everybody can bypass the system, why should anybody follow the system?? Khabib and Tony, both were refusing to fight Lee because they knew that this guy hasn't fought his way up through. What would you do, huh? Respond to anybody who calls you out??

  7. Kevin Lee is marketing himself by calling out guys like Tony and Khabib. Lee maybe talented but if everybody can bypass the system, why should anybody follow the system?? Khabib and Tony, both were refusing to fight Lee because they knew that this guy hasn't fought his way up through. What would you do, huh? Respond to anybody who calls you out??

  8. A) Khabib's skills are far more superior to Kevin Lee. Tony is well rounded enough to trouble Khabib, but Kevin is just not on that level.
    B) The fact that the whole country is behind Khabib is because they know he is that good. They know combat sports. They don't need to see Khabib beating all the ranked contenders in UFC to know that he is talented. They see talent in Combat sports, they know what level he is.
    C) RDA and Johnson have both beaten ranked guys and Khabib beat them. 2 top-notch guys of his division and Khabib wasn't bothered. Ranked guys thing is bullshit. MMA is not about ranks. Sometimes people have bad lucks but the other fighters know that the guy is very very talented. Rankings? Come on.
    4. Khabib has been making a mistake, not listening to his father. His father had been in Combat sports all his life, he knows that this much weight cut is gonna cost Khabib a lot more than his liver. Dude needs to figure this out.
    5) Cut people some slack. People go through rough patches and why should MMA fighters be any different.

  9. A) Khabib's skills are far more superior to Kevin Lee. Tony is well rounded enough to trouble Khabib, but Kevin is just not on that level.
    B) The fact that the whole country is behind Khabib is because they know he is that good. They know combat sports. They don't need to see Khabib beating all the ranked contenders in UFC to know that he is talented. They see talent in Combat sports, they know what level he is.
    C) RDA and Johnson have both beaten ranked guys and Khabib beat them. 2 top-notch guys of his division and Khabib wasn't bothered. Ranked guys thing is bullshit. MMA is not about ranks. Sometimes people have bad lucks but the other fighters know that the guy is very very talented. Rankings? Come on.
    4. Khabib has been making a mistake, not listening to his father. His father had been in Combat sports all his life, he knows that this much weight cut is gonna cost Khabib a lot more than his liver. Dude needs to figure this out.
    5) Cut people some slack. People go through rough patches and why should MMA fighters be any different.

  10. Give Khabib a break!! How could he NOT be ranked the number one contender?? He has fought 3 times in the last 4 years and 2 of those were against ranked opponents!! And Okay, Michael Johnson dropped him, but that dude has won 1 of his last 5 fights!! And people seem to forget that he nearly fought this year already… People are just haters…

  11. Give Khabib a break!! How could he NOT be ranked the number one contender?? He has fought 3 times in the last 4 years and 2 of those were against ranked opponents!! And Okay, Michael Johnson dropped him, but that dude has won 1 of his last 5 fights!! And people seem to forget that he nearly fought this year already… People are just haters…

  12. And what about him? getting 1 interim title shot from just 1 win against 1 guy in top 10. Khabib missed 1 fight after his fight against johnson in 2016 and everybody loses their mind. Just remind me again how many fights diaz has after mcgregor fight yet he's still in top 10. And then there's mcgregor who eternally getting top 3 spot in pound 4 pound rank for fighting nobody after his title match.

  13. And what about him? getting 1 interim title shot from just 1 win against 1 guy in top 10. Khabib missed 1 fight after his fight against johnson in 2016 and everybody loses their mind. Just remind me again how many fights diaz has after mcgregor fight yet he's still in top 10. And then there's mcgregor who eternally getting top 3 spot in pound 4 pound rank for fighting nobody after his title match.

  14. Khabib should be rankd 4-5 for missn weight, that peica shit. Either way he couldv still fought tony an gave up a bit of his purse, he jus didnt want his first loss. Shouldnt be rankd number 1 ,hell no, fukin ufc idiots.

    • Hahaha. No he couldn't have fought. He didn't just miss weight, he was hospitalized. Giving up his purse, he was ready to give Tony a big cut from his purse just to get the fight arranged. It wasn't about money. How many times did he miss weight? One. Yeah. That guy should be banned for life, right??

    • Imran Anees you fukin dumazz , he went to the hospital on his own, he knew if he went to the ufc Dr like he was supposed to a piece of his purse would be taken but the fight would still go on. Even dana said he dnt kno why he went to the hospital instead of seein the ufc DR. Ya he offerd tony the money to fight as a fukin front, cause tony wanted conor not khabitch. Once tony agreed to the fight only way out for khabib is to miss weight. Saved his little perfect record. Kepp suckn khabibs overweight dick lil boy

  15. Khabib should be rankd 4-5 for missn weight, that peica shit. Either way he couldv still fought tony an gave up a bit of his purse, he jus didnt want his first loss. Shouldnt be rankd number 1 ,hell no, fukin ufc idiots.

  16. Khabib has pulled out of so many fights that i just don't understand how he stays relevant, 2 fights in over 3 years i mean c'mon & his last fight was against an overrated moron, just proves how people eat up an undefeated record like it's breakfast, biggest pussy in the division if i'm honest, terrified to lose his 0 just look up how many fights he's pulled out of, it's crazy.

    • He did fight rarely, yes but if you think he is afraid, maybe its because you want to believe that. Khabib fought his way up to the top, which means HE HAD TO face some average fighters and some top-notch fighters. Unlike Kevin, he doesn't just callout the guys way above his rankings.
      He has fought and fought very well. If that doesn't satisfy you, then maybe the top-notch MMA fighters opinions would. Askren and Tryron Woodley are top notch guys. They just love Khabib. Fedor likes Khabib as a fighter. Bisping is nota big deal but he is a champion and he admires Khabib as a fighter. Basically, what you're saying is that these guys know nothing of the sport and talent. Calling him a bum? Wow.

  17. Khabib has pulled out of so many fights that i just don't understand how he stays relevant, 2 fights in over 3 years i mean c'mon & his last fight was against an overrated moron, just proves how people eat up an undefeated record like it's breakfast, biggest pussy in the division if i'm honest, terrified to lose his 0 just look up how many fights he's pulled out of, it's crazy.

    • Ad Lad that's like sayin u fought once and retired undefeated so u should be a top fighter cuz u retired undefeated if u never fite u cant be considered the #1 contender it's not rite 2 the other guys who r putting there records on the line every couple months u should be rewarded 4 activity not bein undefeated cuz u never fight who has he even fought 2 earn a top 5 rda b4 he turned his career around michael Johnson who's been destroyed by guys like porier cmon besides those 2 no top 10 fighters

    • Ad Lad that's like sayin u fought once and retired undefeated so u should be a top fighter cuz u retired undefeated if u never fite u cant be considered the #1 contender it's not rite 2 the other guys who r putting there records on the line every couple months u should be rewarded 4 activity not bein undefeated cuz u never fight who has he even fought 2 earn a top 5 rda b4 he turned his career around michael Johnson who's been destroyed by guys like porier cmon besides those 2 no top 10 fighters

    • NY OneLove RDA was 3.5 yrs ago a long time in MMA ranking discussion, too long. Leaving a win over an unranked Horcher and Johnson, who's 1-4 in last 5 fights (making 1 win in over 2.5 years for MJ). Does that sound like a top 5 guy?

      Khabib is a great fighter but the division moves on while he doesn't. Simple math really. His record is good but nowhere near as great as the media pushes him. Just look at the records and inactivity. The fact he's in title discussion doesn't make a lot of sense. But he's loud and wears cool headgear so….

    • Al Mostafa When Kevin Lee can deliver 10 thousand black fans to the arena, whenever he fights, and when he can attract 2 million black PPVs, then he can be McGregor. It should be easy; there's 50 million blacks in the USA, and over a billion blacks on the planet. All he needs to do is sell, like McGregor.

    • Most of the people on youtube are undefeated. It doesn't mean shit if you don't fight top opponents. It's the same reason people are angry at Bisping even though he has defended his belt and is set to do so again – because he is not fighting top challengers.

      You could give the belt to anyone in the UFC and then bring in people off the street and they would never even come close to losing a fight, remaining undefeated and beating all challengers. Does that make them the best?

      Even when people were on Khabib's dick before he missed weight I was saying Tony was far more deserving, and I'm glad people are starting to notice it. Hopefully we can see Tony vs. Conor but somehow I doubt Conor would defend against him.

    • NY OneLove RDA was 3.5 yrs ago a long time in MMA ranking discussion, too long. Leaving a win over an unranked Horcher and Johnson, who's 1-4 in last 5 fights (making 1 win in over 2.5 years for MJ). Does that sound like a top 5 guy?

      Khabib is a great fighter but the division moves on while he doesn't. Simple math really. His record is good but nowhere near as great as the media pushes him. Just look at the records and inactivity. The fact he's in title discussion doesn't make a lot of sense. But he's loud and wears cool headgear so….

    • Al Mostafa When Kevin Lee can deliver 10 thousand black fans to the arena, whenever he fights, and when he can attract 2 million black PPVs, then he can be McGregor. It should be easy; there's 50 million blacks in the USA, and over a billion blacks on the planet. All he needs to do is sell, like McGregor.

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