After a poor string of results, the epilogue of which was leaving the UFC, Kevin Lee quickly found a new employer. He accepted the offer of the Eagle FC promotion, ie its owner Khabib Nurmagomedov He will debut in that promotion on March 11, when he will lead the Eagle FC 46 event by fighting another former UFC member, Diego Sanchez.
Lee says that he quickly got over leaving the UFC, adding that this is not really a promotion where the best fighters in the world are, and that he can reach the top through other organizations. "We all know that the best fighters aren't always in the UFC."
"There are fighters from Russia you don't know about who would beat the majority. I'm a competitive character and my competitiveness drives me to be better than them." " And it's a process that doesn't stop."
"It’s not that I can relax now because I’m going to make a lot of money, it’s not that I can go have fun. In the end, this is a fight for life." "People are losing their lives doing this, and the competitor in me is still motivated.
I'm sure my contract will provide me with more than most UFC champions have a chance to see." "That's great. But again, this contestant sees all of this as the same game, even though I'll earn more than UFC champions in the first fight.
, we can still have a little fun, "Lee told MMA Junkie.
Kevin Lee and other fighters on earnings
Lee has joined these with a series of fighters who have recently stated that they made more money outside the UFC than when they were members of the world’s biggest MMA promotion.
Corey Anderson and Anthony Johnson claim it for Bellator, Chad Mendes for BKFC, and here’s Kevin Lee claiming that Khabib will pay him sums he couldn’t even think of as a UFC fighter. According to Sports Daily, Lee received $ 110,000 for his last two fights, while it is not known if he had doubled his winning fee, according to an earlier contract, we can assume he did.
Namely, he used to earn 84 thousand dollars and that much more to win. He earned the most in July 2017, when he fought against Tony Ferguson for the interim title. It is a sum of $ 250,000. As a result, he has earned just over $ 1,600,000 in total from UFC fees to date.
By the way, after the first American Eagle FC event, a well-known martial arts portal asked for information about fighters' fees but was rejected