Kevin Lee has been very vocal in his try and persuade the UFC to create 165-pound and 175-pound weight lessons, extinguishing the welterweight division the best way it’s in the present day.
Regardless that UFC Rochester opponent Rafael dos Anjos approves the concept, Lee can’t depend on him in his pre-fight provide.
Talking with the media in April, Lee prompt that each fighters, who moved as much as welterweight after lengthy careers as lightweights, are available at 165 kilos on the official UFC Rochester weigh-ins on Friday to make an announcement.
“I noticed that, man, however there’s no cope with the enemy on struggle week,” dos Anjos advised MMA Preventing on Wednesday. “It’s conflict now. There’s no deal. I’ll make the load I signed to make, 171 with the additional pound. If he needs to make 165 to indicate he can do it, it’s as much as him. I feel it could be nice to have this division, however I skilled for 170 kilos and that’s what I’m going to do.
“Am I going to make offers with the enemy? No approach. It’s conflict now. You make offers later, turn into mates later. Proper now, he’s the person standing in entrance of me, he’s the person attempting to take my desires, and he gained’t succeed.”
The previous UFC light-weight champion had a seven-week camp for UFC Rochester, a shorter camp in comparison with his earlier ones, and feels higher each mentally and bodily forward of Saturday’s struggle.
Dos Anjos left the light-weight division following losses to Eddie Alvarez and Tony Ferguson and gained three straight over Tarec Saffiedine, Neil Magny and Robbie Lawler as a welterweight earlier than shedding selections to Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman.
As Lee makes his 170-pound debut, RDA expects him to really feel the totally different contained in the Octagon.
“I make 170 now and query why may I make 155 earlier than,” dos Anjos stated. “My physique modified over time. I had my second at light-weight, and I don’t suppose the load class modifications the end result of this struggle. It’s more healthy for each of us now, however I’m already tailored to 170. He’ll really feel the distinction, it takes some time. It’s not one thing that occurs in a single day.
“Individuals say you’re not slicing 15 kilos, however that’s 15 kilos extra he must carry. I bear in mind once I fought Tarec Saffiedine in Singapore and obtained drained after three rounds. I assumed I wouldn’t get drained as a result of I didn’t lower a lot weight, but it surely was fairly the alternative. I took a while for me to make the changes, and now it’s 100 p.c.”
Able to get again in motion for the primary time since shedding to future UFC champion Usman in November, dos Anjos says that Lee wasn’t the primary identify the corporate supplied for his subsequent bout.
“We had been attempting different choices,” dos Anjos stated. “We tried (Santiago) Ponzinibbio, we tried (Jorge) Masvidal. I don’t care an excessive amount of about rankings anymore. I would like fights that make sense.
”Even Nick Diaz’s identify was introduced up. (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby advised me he was , however then he stated that Nick was out. After which he stated Kevin was transferring up, requested me if I used to be . There was no different choice. I’ve a child at house, a fighter has to struggle, has to remain busy.”
Matched up towards a sturdy contender, dos Anjos expects to have a bonus in a five-round most important occasion, foreseeing a stoppage win in Rochester.
“I see myself placing strain, imposing my recreation there,” dos Anjos stated. “I do know he’ll come robust and explosive early on, however I see many prospects. I see myself knocking him out, submitting him. I don’t suppose it goes to the fifth spherical. I’m well-trained. I’ll dictate the rhythm and never let it go the gap.”
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