Kevin Lee

The Motown Phenom

USA

Out
Injury Suspension
Est. Return 2/1/2022
Released by UFC
WelterweightOther
Out
November 30, 2021
Lee (suspension) was released by the UFC on Tuesday, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lee was already facing a suspension after testing positive for Adderall. He'll now leave the UFC entirely, which may have more to do with his 1-4 record over his last five fights than his failed test.
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Placed on temporary suspension
WelterweightOther
Out
October 20, 2021
Lee has been placed on temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending the resolution of a case stemming from his Aug. 28 fight against Daniel Rodriguez, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lee tested positive for Adderall, which is a banned stimulant. Lee took to Instagram to say that he was diagnosed with ADHD back in 2018 and started using prescribed Adderall in 2020 when recovery from a double knee surgery to improve mental health. Lee says that he is cooperating with the NAC and hopes to reach an agreement on a sanction soon. Lee's loss to Rodriguez back in August was his fourth loss in his last five bouts.
Loses in welterweight debut
WelterweightOther
Out
August 28, 2021
Lee lost to Daniel Rodriguez via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN 30 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Lee may have been competing in a new division, but the same issues which plagued him at lightweight followed him up to welterweight. Simply put, Lee has a difficult time maintaining his effectiveness for an entire bout. He started very strong in this one, but Rodriguez slowly took over the fight, and Lee was unable to slow the tide. Lee is explosive, but seemingly only in short spurts. He gets reckless and frustrated at times inside the Octagon, and it shows. To Lee's credit, he recognized a potential weakness in Rodriguez's wrestling game and attempted to exploit it to the tune of seven takedown attempts. Three of them landed, leading to 3:34 worth of control time. It ultimately wasn't enough for "The Motown Phenom." Lee's physical gifts aren't in question, and he has gone up against elite competition, but you are what your record says you are in this sport, and Lee's record says he is 1-4 in his last five bouts dating back to December 2018.
Gets new opponent
WelterweightOther
Out
August 11, 2021
Lee will now fight Daniel Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 35 on Aug. 28, per MMAFighting.com.
ANALYSIS
Lee was originally scheduled for an Aug. 28 bout with Sean Brady, but after two postponements, that has been put on the back burner. Assuming no further issues, this will be Lee's first first since March of 2020.
Fight cancelled again
WelterweightOther
Out
August 7, 2021
Lee's matchup with Sean Brady at UFC on ESPN 30 on Aug. 28 has been cancelled due to the latter dealing with an undisclosed injury, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lee was nursing an undisclosed injury prior to their originally scheduled bout last month, which resulted in the fight being pushed back. Now that it has been delayed once again, it remains to be seen if it will be rescheduled or if Lee will get a new opponent.
Brady fight pushed back
WelterweightOther
Out
July 1, 2021
Lee will fight Sean Brady in a welterweight bout at the UFC event on August 28, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lee and Brady were supposed to fight at UFC 264, but an undisclosed injury to Lee caused the fight to be pushed back a month and a half. Lee is returning to the Octagon for the first time since March 2020 when he lost to Charles Oliveira. Brady is 4-0 with the UFC and 15-0 overall.