Kevin Lee responds to Justin Gaethje, willing to fight him for easy money

Get the Full StoryKevin Lee believes a fight with Justin Gaethje would be easy money . Earlier this week, top-five UFC lightweight contender Justin Gaethje called out Kevin Lee, promising to teach The Motown Phenom a lesson in respect.

I just like punching loudmouths in the face, Gaethje said on Monday s edition of The MMA Hour. I m sure I ll get the itch sooner rather than later. I said I wanted to wait around until June, July. But I m sure I ll get the itch sooner.

Lee, who came up short in his interim title bout against Tony Ferguson at UFC 216, is currently rearranging his MMA team after the unexpected death of coach Robert Follis. After making changes in the gym, Lee is more than willing to fight Gaethje for some easy money.

I m changing up my whole style, Lee told hosts Miesha Tate and Sean O Connell on Sirius XM s MMA Tonight h t Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie . I m changing up my team around me. There s been a lot of things happening, especially at the end of this last year, unfortunately, that I ve had to make changes. But it s a new year. It s a new start. When I come back the folks are going to see a new me.

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If it s going to be against Justin, I like easy money, Lee continued. Justin likes to take a lot of damage; I like to give a lot of damage. It seems like a good matchup to me, but I m trying to look out for Justin s health here. He needs some time, too. The man has taken a lot of beatings over the last couple months. I don t think he wants another one right here, right now. And if he does, then so be it. But for now I m taking my time.

Gaethje, the former World Series of Fighting WSOF lightweight champion, brutalized Michael Johnson is his UFC debut but was knocked out by Eddie Alvarez after a back-and-forth brawl at UFC 218, suffering the first loss of his professional career.

Lee, 16-3, started off strong against El Cucuy but was submitted by a triangle choke in the third round. The Las Vegas native is currently ranked at No. 7 in the official UFC lightweight rankings and is one of the hottest prospects in the division.