When Khabib Nurmagomedov revealed that Eagle Fighting Championship has signed Kevin Lee, a good portion of the MMA community was surprised. Despite his slow run in the UFC, Lee was a recognizable name and he apparently had his own reasons to sign with Eagle FC. Being paid in Bitcoin was the biggest reason why Lee decided to sign with Eagle FC.
“Yeah, that is a big part of it. This is prizefighting at the end of the day and we are fighting for the biggest prize. To be paid in bitcoin and not give me any pushback on it whatsoever, was huge in the decision. It gives me a lot more financial security and will help me fight better, too,” he said.
Lee further went on to add that EFC establishing a 165-pound division was another reason why attracted him to the new promotion.
“It is a big reason for me signing, going into the 165lbs division, it gives me the chance to be the first-ever (major) MMA champion that has ever existed in that weight class. I don’t have to kill myself to get to 155lbs, I can save my body and fight more often, be healthier and I’m the best man in the world at that weight,” he added.
Above all, the respect that comes with Khabib Nurmagomedov being the promoter was something that Kevin Lee loved.
“Just with Khabib being the backer behind it, not only does he have the respect of us as fighters but the respect from the people, too. He also has a lot of attention on him so it makes sense,” he concluded.
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