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Midnight Mania! Kevin Lee books return UFC bout opposite Rinat Fakhretdinov on July 1

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Kevin Lee is officially back.

“The MoTown Phenom” rejoined the UFC roster back in February, but a few months have gone by without a bout announcement. Now, The Underground’s John Morgan reports that Lee’s return bout has been booked, and he’ll face top prospect Rinat Fakhretdinov on July 1 at UFC Vegas 76 inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fakhretdinov is just one fight into his UFC career, but the Russian wrestler is clearly a problem. In his debut, he battered Bryan Battle from pillar-to-post, picking up a 30-25 decision over the talented Ultimate Fighter (TUF) champion. “Gladiator” is riding a 16-fight win streak, and the vast majority of those victories come via stoppage.

Of course, Lee is no stranger to elite competition. He challenged for the interim Lightweight title opposite Tony Ferguson back in 2017, and he’s fought plenty of top names like Charles Oliveira and Rafael dos Anjos over the years as well. He’s found less success at Welterweight, however, dropping a decision to Daniel Rodriguez in his last 170-pound appearance. Since that defeat, Lee fought just once, defeating Diego Sanchez in a catchweight bout last year.


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