Kevin Lee avoids knee surgery, looking to return to training camp in the summer


Kevin Lee received some good news from his doctors this week after fearing he may have suffered a torn ACL in his recent fight against Diego Sanchez in Eagle FC.

The one-time interim UFC title challenger felt his knee buckle early in his fight with Sanchez but was able to go all three rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory. On Thursday, Lee revealed that he’ll avoid surgery, with hopes that he’ll get back into full-time training later this year.

“No surgery on my knee,” Lee wrote on Twitter. I’ll be ready for training camp this summer .”

Lee’s manager Marquel Martin from Creative Artists Agency also confirmed the diagnosis to MMA Fighting, adding that the doctors told the 29-year-old fighter that there was “some slight ACL movement but with proper physical therapy he can get stability back.”

Martin added that the MCL (medial collateral ligament) and the meniscus in Lee’s knee are both in great shape as well.

Lee was happy to have this good news. He had to be out of action for more than a year in 2020, 2021 due to ACL surgery to both his knees during UFC. Lee initially had to have surgery on his left leg for damage, but three months later, he needed the same surgery on his right leg.

The latest scare happened after Sanchez hit Lee with a leg kick early in the opening round and “The Motown Phenom” was immediately affected by the strike. His movement wasn’t the same for the remainder of the fight, although he was still able to work his way to a unanimous decision victory in his Eagle FC debut.

Lee may need to be absent for physical therapy, but he will not have to return under the knife. This would increase his time out of action.

By all accounts, Lee will be ready to compete again later this year after inking a lucrative multi-fight deal with Eagle FC following his release from the UFC.