Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos secured his first win since 2017 earlier tonight (Sat., May 18, 2019) at UFC on ESPN+ 10 live on ESPN+ from inside Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, when he put a stop to “Motown Phenom” Kevin Lee via fourth-round submission (arm-triangle choke).
Looks like RDA got the submission win he desperately “needed.”
Lee came out of the gate hot, firing combinations on the move that eventually dropped dos Anjos. Lee quickly moved in for a takedown and took control of the fight. That was until RDA returned to his feet and eventually clipped Lee with a head kick. Lee temporarily slowed and dos Anjos was able to gain some momentum back before the end of the round.
Lee pressured early into Round 2 and scored a slamming takedown on the former UFC champ. But dos Anjos recovered to return to his feet and land another head kick. Lee would weather the storm and try to claw his way back with offense but he seemed to gas towards the end of the frame.
Dos Anojs scored an early takedown into side control to begin Round 3. Lee worked his way out and even managed to grab a hold of RDA’s back in the process. Lee tried to lock in a rear-naked choke but dos Anjos powered through and took Lee down again when the action returned to the feet. At that point, Lee had surrendered the most takedowns in one fight in his UFC career (4).
There was an inadvertent low blow landed on dos Anjos in the early moments of Round 4, but RDA was able to quickly shake it off. Dos Anjos came back out and blasted Lee with a low leg kick which forced “Motown Phenom” to one knee. Later in the round, dos Anjos was able to transition into full mount during a scramble on the ground. He quickly moved over into side control for the arm triangle choke. Lee tried to phone home but the squeeze was too tight and he eventually tapped.
Check out the full fight video highlights below courtesy of UFC/ESPN.
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