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UFC on ESPN+ 10: Rafael dos Anjos taps Kevin Lee

Dos Anjos improves to 4-2-0 at 170 pounds

Rafael Dos Anjos (29-11-0) submitted Kevin Lee (17-5-0) with an arm triangle choke in the fourth round of the UFC on ESPN+ 10 main event Saturday night in Rochester, New York.

Lee pushed the pace for the first three rounds, trying to take dos Anjos down, but dos Anjos returned fire. it was the fourth round where fatigue set in for Lee and a failed takedown attempt resulted in dos Anjos gaining position to set up the choke.

Referee Dan Miragliotta called the bout at 3:47 of the fourth round.

The 26 year old “Motown Phenom” took the loss personally. Moving up to welterweight was supposed to be a new start for him, but he has now lost three of his past four bouts.

Aspen Ladd and Sijara Eubanks earned Fight of the Night, while Grant Dawson and Michael Pereira earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

JULIO ARCE DEF. JULIAN EROSA VIA KO (HEAD KICK) R3 1:49

ZAK CUMMINGS DEF. TREVIN GILES VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE)

ED HERMAN DEF. PATRICK CUMMINS VIA TKO (KNEE AND PUNCHES)

GRANT DAWSON DEF. MICHAEL TRIZANO VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R2 2:27

MICHEL PEREIRA DEF. DANNY ROBERTS VIA KO (FLYING KNEE AND PUNCH) R1 1:47

DESMOND GREEN DEF. CHARLES JOURDAIN VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ASPEN LADD DEF. SIJARA EUBANKS VIA UD (30-26, 29-27, 29-28)

Let’s not forget this special announcement.

MAIN CARD

DAVI RAMOS VS. AUSTIN HUBBARD 

WINNER: DAVI RAMOS VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DAVI RAMOS VIA UD

Andrews: Ramos took care of business.

 

CHARLES OLIVEIRA VS. NIK LENTZ 

 

WINNER: CHARLES OLIVEIRA VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 2:11

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHARLES OLIVEIRA VIA SUBMISSION 

Andrews: Wow! Oliveira gets so many subs we forget he can strike too. Great win.

DERRICK KRANTZ VS. VICENTE LUQUE 

 

WINNER: VICENTE LUQUE VIA TKO R1 3:52

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VINCENTE LUQUE VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Credit to Krantz for taking the fight on four days notice. He’ll be back.

MEGAN ANDERSON  VS. FELICIA SPENCER

 

WINNER: FELICIA SPENCER VIA SUBMISSION R1 3:24

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MEGAN ANDERSON VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! I thought Megan would use her striking but Felicia shut her down. Excellent win.

ANTONIO CARLOS JR. VS. IAN HEINISCH 

 

WINNER: IAN HEINISCH VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANTONIO CARLOS JR. VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: I called it, but ACJ couldn’t get his ground game going. Good win for Ian.

MAIN EVENT

#3 RAFAEL DOS ANJOS VS. KEVIN LEE

 

WINNER: RAFAEL DOS ANJOS VIA SUBMISSION (ARM TRIANGLE) R4 3:57

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RAFAEL DOS ANJOS VIA UD

Andrews: Lee seems to sabotage himself against good competition. He has to get over that mental block and fast or else he will be out of the UFC. Good win for Dos Anjos using the experience to outsmart his opponent.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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