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Kevin Lee: Fighting Conor McGregor ‘will be on my terms’

Kevin Lee feels he is on the ‘A-Side’ in a possible fight against Conor McGregor.

As UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor continues his MMA hiatus, Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee will be fighting for the 155-pound interim title this Saturday at UFC 216. Supposedly, the winner of the scrap will be facing McGregor for the undisputed title.

But even before an interim champion has been crowned, there have been recent loud talks about a possible fight between McGregor and Lee. It is a match-up that Al Iaquinta feels Lee would “get demolished” in.

Lee, of course, thinks otherwise and even believes he is on the “A-Side” if a fight against McGregor does open up as an option.

“It will be on my terms,” Lee said during Monday’s pre-fight media scrum (via MMA Fighting). “It will be on my timetable. You know, I’m expecting to take this fight. I’m doing the hard work. I’m doing the heavy lifting. I’m fighting Tony. Nobody wanted to fight Tony. Conor didn’t want to fight Tony.”

“It will be on my timetable, I’ll tell him when we gonna fight. If we fight on St. Patrick’s Day? Maybe. That might make some good business so I don’t know, I’ll see.”

To make a solid case for himself, Lee pointed to McGregor’s four recent fights beginning at UFC 196, and including the boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“As far as I’m concerned, the man has lost three of his last four fights. I don’t even think he beat Nate Diaz the second time,” Lee said. “I like a big challenge, so he’s gotta show me a little bit. He’s a small dude, too, he’s 145. He was getting out-wrestled by a dude who’s 40 years old and a boxer. He was getting him in the clinches and out-wrestling him. I mean, he was, he’s gotta show a little bit more than that to me.

“So after this one, maybe I might give him a shot at the title. Maybe, I don’t know. We’ll see how he kind of reacts. Maybe he should fight Nate again and prove that he can fight me.”

UFC 216 happens at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.