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Kevin Lee speaks at Bernie Sanders rally in Las Vegas

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Kevin Lee is definitely feeling the Bern.

The veteran UFC lightweight, who is coming off a devastating knockout win over Gregor Gillespie in his most recent fight, took time on Saturday to speak at a rally in support of U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Lee has shown Sanders support for several months, including after he finished Gillespie at UFC 244 where President Donald Trump was in attendance.

At the rally, Lee spoke about the first time he met the Senator from Vermont, who is running for president for the second time after previously campaigning in 2016 as well.

“A couple weeks ago I got to come to a town meeting here in Las Vegas, got to meet Bernie and right away as soon as I could see into his eyes, I could see that man was a real fighter,” Lee said to the crowd.

Lee also took time to mention fellow UFC fighter Colby Covington, who is an outspoken supporter of President Trump, following his fifth round TKO loss to Kamaru Usman at UFC 245.

“I don’t know how many people saw the fight last week. President Trump’s boy [Colby Covington] getting knocked out in the title fight,” Lee said. “We all gonna take our lumps but this man ran out the back door of T-Mobile Arena and I’m not ashamed to stand up here and say that I fought in that same arena in 2017 for my first world title and I lost it. I’m not ashamed to say that.

“But I stood up, I said my mistakes, my mama was sitting front row again, I said what I had to correct and then I’m getting ready to fight for my next one in 2020.”

Lee also posted a backstage video with Sanders while calling for a fight at UFC 249 against Islam Makhachev as he seeks back-to-back wins following his triumphant return to the Octagon in November.

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