Minnesota’s Bobby Lee (11-4), at only 24 years old, has already shown he is above his own age in terms of savviness. Calling himself a “young veteran,” Lee looks to gain his first world title (CFFC) this Friday, September 18th, an item that has been on Lee’s bucket list since his sophomore year of high school.
“Wednesday nights were football family nights with our football coach,” Lee told MMA-Prospects. “Our D-coordinator, he’d try to set us on the right paths. We wrote down some goals as juniors in high school, my goals were to be a black belt and win a world championship by 25… So, I’m 24; I can’t believe this opportunity came to me, I didn’t know if I’d meet that goal by 25.”
Lee feels he could have beaten his (former) opponent, current CFFC welterweight champion, Jeremiah Wells. Now, his opponent is former Ultimate Fighter standout Mike Hill (11-4-1). Lee feels Hill is a dominant fighter, but that it is his own moment to shine.
“It’s a difference in challenge,” Lee said of the opponent change. “When they told me It was Mike Hill, not Jeremiah Wells, I still want that championship belt. He’s coming off a five-round fight, but two years ago. He has had seven decisions in a row, a lot of fights to go the distance. I have more talent, more finishing ability.”
Mike Hill competed on Season 16 of The Ultimate Fighter. Hill is riding a three-fight win streak, but hasn’t fought since 2018.
Lee believes that having competed more recently than Lee, he is better prepared for the fight, for which he was already prepared for championship rounds.
During a difficult 2020, in which the country has been faced with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and social justice protests, Lee wants his performance to be a brief respite for fans in his home state and beyond.
“Everyone’s on edge,” said Lee of the past several months, “but let’s move forward… If someone’s going to watch this fight on Fight Pass, hopefully they can be entertained and inspired by this fight.”