Javier Mendez, head coach of American Kickboxing Academy, thinks that Kevin Lee’s loss at UFC on ESPN 48 was because of his absence of focus and psychological preparation. Lee went back to the UFC after a two-year hiatus and was sent by Rinat Fakhretdinov in the preliminary. Mendez mentioned that Lee’s pre-fight remarks about Khabib Nurmagomedov and his dissatisfaction in combating at the UFC Apex revealed that his mind was not in the ideal location. Mendez highlighted that Lee ought to have been entirely concentrated on his challenger and not sidetracked by other aspects. The fast submission loss raised concerns about whether Lee had actually neglected his challenger or undervalued him. Mendez concluded that Lee ought to have been entirely concentrated on his task at hand, which was to beat a difficult challenger.