While describing how he could take down the best MMA fighters, Lee says that McGregor’s powers are sliding.
I think honestly he’ll be on the decline when he comes back[after the Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight]. He’s been on the decline for a minute. I think he’ll be on the decline, even more, when he comes back. His skill set is starting to stagnate. You just put the pressure on him. Keep the pressure on him. He’s too small to hang with us 55’ers. Guys like me and Chiesa, a lot of these guys I fought, you know? Francisco Trinaldo is bigger than me, you know what I mean? Right now I’m sitting here at 185, 189 pounds. I think you put the pressure on him and take him down, and he’s out of his world. He’s gonna sit there and lose guard. Come on.
Lee says McGregor is weak because he has taken so much time off to deal with his newborn son.
I turn 25 in September. I swear to God by the next September I’m gonna be the world champion. Conor gonna sit there. He gonna try to hold onto that belt…I don’t know what he’s doing, but I hope him a good life. He just had a baby. He got a girl and all that.. kudo to him. Enjoy that shit, but don’t come back. I ain’t got no kids. I ain’t got no wife. No girl. Every time he out there feeding his baby the mushed up bananas, the potatoes, changing diapers. I’m studying film. I’m on a roll. I’m running. I’m on my way to the gym right now. Every time he do that shit I’m pushing for his spot.
After their scuffle at UFC Summer Kickoff, Lee says he is going to give Chiesa a beat down.
I talk shit and I like to fight. He couldn’t get a word in. I was spitting some real truth to him. When I say I’m gonna change his life, I don’t mean it like Conor, like he’s gonna make him some money. He gonna wake up on June 26, and he not gonna be the same man as the day before…I’m gonna beat the f-ck out of him. I could sit on the beach and drink vodka for the next six weeks and I’d beat the hell out of the man.
During the UFC Summer Kickoff Presser, after Lee mentions that Chiesa’s mother would be in attendance to see her son lose, Chiesa becomes enraged, and shouts at Lee to not mention his mother before running across the stage. In response, Lee gets on his feet and hits Chiesa with a right as security intervenes and escorts them both off the stage.
Don’t you ever talk about my mom!
UFC lightweight Lee confirms he has been brought in to help Mayweather prepare for his proposed super-fight with McGregor.
That fight with Floyd, it’s going to happen. Floyd’s management reached out to me a little while ago and asked me to be a part of the camp. So I’m excited to do that, I could use a couple bucks in my pocket, that’s for sure…It’s a win-win situation for [McGregor]. If he loses — which he’s going to lose, he don’t stand a chance in the fight — he knows it going in he’s just there for the cash grab and then he’ll come back and fight Nate, or he’ll bump up and fight Tyron, before he jumps down and messes with us real killers at 155. He ain’t stupid…It’s great for MMA, because it has no downside. It’s horrible for boxing, I ain’t gonna lie. And they’re paying me, so I better…(laughs)…but it’s horrible for boxing. I think it’s going to kill the sport of boxing, but the money is too large to pass up.
His prediction for the fight:
Floyd isn’t going to knock out Conor. Conor’s a much bigger man. I expect Conor to come out and try to sling Floyd around a little bit in the clinch, try to wear him down. If things get too hectic about that seventh, eighth round, he might start — I don’t know, he might start to rough him up with some elbows. I’m pretty sure Floyd’s going to have us prepare him for that — being able to throw him around, and maybe even kick him a little bit. You never know.
Lee says he didn’t realise that McGregor was in the stadium when he won.
If I knew Conor McGregor was sitting front row, I would have jumped the cage – damn…All Irish guys look alike. I wish I would have known. Somebody could have told me. They’re all just red beards and bald heads to me.
He also says that, as a wrestler, he has the skills to beat McGregor, and can beat Nurmagomedov:
[McGregor]’s the champ of this division now. I said it a while ago – I’ll be the champ. He’s 28. I’m 24. He ain’t got nothing on me but some years…I think after his last fight, he said you’ve got to have some height, some reach, some weight – I’m 195 pounds outside of fighting – 77-inch reach, 5-10, a hell of a wrestler, so this fight was about showcasing that I’m the best wrestler in this division…Everybody thinks that Khabib is the best wrestler, but this is good old-fashioned American wrestling…This ain’t that sambo shit. If you want to go out there, me and Khabib, no punches thrown, I’ll (technical fall) him, 15-0. I’ll keep taking him down, and he won’t do a damn thing about it.
After beating Mustafaev at UFC Belfast, Lee calls out everyone in the Lightweight division, including McGregor.
This is a division full of a bunch of bitches. I call out everybody. I’m on my way up, man. F-ck that…I reminded everyone that I am the best fighter in this division. I am the best wrestler. That’s what I came out here to show. I didn’t even care about finishing him. I wanted to show that I could keep taking him down whenever the f-ck I want to. And I would put McGregor on his back right now in this arena and there isn’t a motherf-cker in this arena that would stop me…I don’t care about the Irish, I called out Conor McGregor because I want that fight. He’s the champ right now in this division and he doesn’t have anything on me but some years. He’s 28, I’m 24. I have years to catch up with him and I wanted him to know that I’m on his ass, that’s all that was about. He’s got that target on his back and I’m one of the guys that’s chasing him.”