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UFC Veteran Kevin Lee Announces Intent to End Retirement


Mixed martial arts veteran Kevin Lee
misses the sport and is officially coming out of retirement.

Lee took to social media on Wednesday to announce that he’ll be
returning to competition, likely at a lower weight class with no
specific timeline in mind.

“I’m coming out of retirement. I’ll fight MMA again. [I don’t know]
when, where or who yet but I’m dropping weight and getting into
shape now,” Lee wrote in a post on X (formerly known as

“The Motown Phenom” retired in July of last year after being
submitted by Rinat
Fakhretdinov in under a minute. The fight marked his return to
Ultimate Fighting Championship after being released from the
promotion in 2021. It remains unclear if Lee will still be under
UFC contract when he returns to action.

Lee went 9-2 to start his UFC tenure before dropping an interim
lightweight fight against Tony
Ferguson, which was arguably the highest point of his

Lee’s once-promising stock never really got back on track,
eventually being released by the Las Vegas-based promotion after
going 2-4 in his next six outings. “The Motown Phenom” picked up a
decision win over fellow UFC veteran Diego
Sanchez under the Eagle FC banner before re-signing with the
UFC and losing to Fakhretdinov last year.

Having had the opportunity to step back and reassess his life goals
since announcing his retirement, Lee seems rejuvenated and
motivated to return to action.

“I’m gonna get in the best shape of my life that’s my focus right
now. It’s been six months since I retired, and I miss being around
the sport.”

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