It would be quite the sobering moment. If they pulled him from Midlands due to a single loss and a need to protect his confidence, one can only speculate what they'd do to him after consecutive losses. They wouldn't want to hurt his confidence or throw off his psyche. These are 2 huge matches and at 125, Lee has struggled in huge matches (Fix, Desanto, Bresser). I'm not going to go out on a limb and say he wins both, and quite frankly I'll be happy with a split. I have to believe the Lee fan base will be doing much second guessing and finger pointing in the event he goes 0-2. At this point I'd like to see him get out there and just focus on his wrestling. The pressure has got to really be taking a toll on him. One social media site had commentary with fans calling for Brands job after Midlands. That's too much to put on the young kid.
Thi is a great post and I think captures the risks here. So far as I know the worst losing streak Lee ever suffered was the two consecutive losses for Fix. Should he go 0-2 - notwithstanding the quality of the competition being so high - not only is that 0-3 in a row but it’s also two losses to people Fix beat (though Fix beat Tomo in freestyle. This would put Lee in a kind of mental double jeapardy because of Fix.