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Dos Anjos spoils Lee's welterweight debut with stoppage victory in New York

The former lightweight champion returned to winning ways in last night’s UFC Fight Night 152 headliner.

Rafael dos Anjos consoles Kevin Lee after their UFC bout in Rochester, New York.
Rafael dos Anjos consoles Kevin Lee after their UFC bout in Rochester, New York.
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AFTER ENDURING A difficult 2018, Rafael dos Anjos (29-11) rebounded last night with a hard-earned win in the main event of UFC Fight Night 152.

The former lightweight champion submitted Kevin Lee (17-5) via arm-triangle choke in the fourth round of their welterweight bout at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York.

It was a much-needed victory by Dos Anjos, who continues to be ranked third in the 170-pound division despite suffering defeats to Colby Covington and reigning champion Kamaru Usman last year.

“I know that I have what it takes to be a world champion,” he said in the octagon after last night’s victory. “I just want to be ready to take advantage of the right opportunity.”

A first outing at welterweight ended in disappointment for Lee, a former interim lightweight title challenger who opted to move up a division following his loss to Al Iaquinta in December.

“I don’t know what happened out there tonight,” Lee said on Instagram. “I thought I did everything right leading up to this fight. I tried to eliminate every little distraction, everything that wasn’t good for me. I felt like everything was falling into place and it still wasn’t enough.”

UFC Fight Night 152 results

  • Rafael dos Anjos def. Kevin Lee via submission (arm-triangle choke) after 3:47 of round four
  • Ian Heinisch def. Antônio Carlos Júnior via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) 
  • Felicia Spencer def. Megan Anderson via submission (rear-naked choke) after 3:24 of round one
  • Vicente Luque def. Derrick Krantz via TKO (punches) after 3:52 of round one
  • Charles Oliveira def. Nik Lentz after TKO (punches) after 2:11 of round towo 
  • Davi Ramos def. Austin Hubbard via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Aspen Ladd def. Sijara Eubanks via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-28)
  • Desmond Green def. Charles Jourdain via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Michel Pereira def. Danny Roberts via KO (flying knee and punch) after 1:47 of round one 
  • Grant Dawson def. Michael Trizano via submission (rear-naked choke) after 2:27 of round two 
  • Ed Herman def. Patrick Cummins via TKO (knee and punches) after 3:39 of round one
  • Zak Cummings def. Trevin Giles via submission (guillotine choke) after 4:01 of round three 
  • Julio Arce def. Julian Erosa via KO (head kick) after 1:49 of round three

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