Kevin Lee Expected to Miss 6 Months Due to ACL Surgery
By: Tristen Critchfield Apr 29, 2020
UFC lightweight competitor Kevin Lee
likely won’t be back in the Octagon until late 2020 at best.
“The Motown Phenom” revealed to
ESPN that he will undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL in his
left knee on Thursday. Lee is expected to be out a minimum of six
months as a result of the injury. The former interim title
challenger is taking an optimistic approach to his recovery.
"It used to mean being out a year," Lee told ESPN. "They've gotten
better with the technology and the [physical therapy], so it might
even be sooner. I don't know.”
Lee last appeared at UFC Fight Night 170, where he was submitted by
Oliveira 28 seconds into the third round of the card’s main
event. The 27-year-old claims the injury didn’t occur while
fighting, though he wouldn’t offer any specifics beyond that.
“[I] was not even doing something that was totally out of the
ordinary,” Lee said during a recent appearance on
"The Luke Thomas Show” on SiriusXM. “I’m not going to say
specifically how it happened because of insurance, you know? But it
wasn’t something totally out of the ordinary. I think I may have
been affected by this whole virus and s—t more than I think. For
some reason, I’ve just been overly fatigued. My body ain’t been
“I zigged when I should have zagged. I heard a pop pretty loud, and
the next day it swole up to the size of a balloon. Since then, I’ve
just been unable to really move it much.”
Lee has lost four of his last six Octagon appearances, a stretch
that includes a one-bout stint at 170 pounds.