On Saturday, March 14, 2020, the UFC returns to Brazil for UFC on ESPN+ 28 and with the outbreak of Coronavirus, the event will be closed to fans and media.
UFC Brasilia takes place at the Ginásio Nilson Nelson and will be headlined by a lightweight bout between Kevin Lee and Charles Oliveira.
Following a one-fight stint at 170 pounds — a submission loss to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Rochester in May — Lee returned to the lightweight division in a big way. “The Motown Phenom” delivered one of the best knockouts of 2019 when he finished Gregor Gillespie with a head kick at UFC 244 in November.
Lee will lose a percentage of his purse as he missed weight by 2.5 pounds heading into his sixth UFC main event.
Oliveira will get the step up in competition many had been hoping he would get following his first round KO win over Jared Gordon at November’s UFC Sao Paulo event. “Do Bronx” has won — and finished — his last six fights, which includes wins over Clay Guida, Nik Lentz and Jim Miller. With a win, Oliveira will make a big statement to prove he belongs with the upper echelon of one of the UFC’s deepest divisions.
Here is how the lightweight main event between Kevin Lee and Charles Oliveira went down at UFC Brasilia, including round-by-round scoring. For full event results, check them out right here.
Mike Beltran tells both fighters to “handle your business”, and we are off. Oliveira coming in with a jumping front kick right off the bat that comes up just short. Jab lands from “Do Bronx”, left hook behind it. Jab from Lee, left hook answer from Oliveira. Another clean jab from Oliveira, Lee counters with a right hand. Lee with a hard hook to the body and Oliveira shoots for a single. Lee ends up in top and Oliveira working for a heel hook. Lee scrambles and ends up on top once again. Oliveira trying for another heel hook and switches to the back momentarily. Lee turns it over and almost mounts Oliveira who does a nice job staying out of danger. Another heel hook attempt from Oliveira and Lee lands a pair of hammer fists. Final two minutes of the round and Lee is on top. Oliveira working from his back and scrambles, putting Lee on his back. Lee explodes and ends back on top. Oliveira with a triangle attempt and Lee thwarts it. Lee stands and gets back to the floor trying to get in side control. Left hands from Lee, elbows from the top as well as the round ends. A lot of action in the opening five minutes.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Oliveira
Oliveira with a spinning back fist attempt to kick off the second round. Spinning back kick to the chest from “Do Bronx” right behind it. Lee with a big right hand and the action gets a little more frantic on the feet. Oliveira scores with a left hook and a right hand, uppercut as well. Lee eats a right hand and a body kick. Uppercut from Oliveira and Lee answers with a right hand. Oliveira is landing at will right now and Lee lands a right hand, Oliveira does as well. Lee shoots for a takedown and gets it. Oliveira with an armbar and it’s tight. Lee escapes and the scramble battle commences. Back to the feet they go and Lee gets it right back to the mat. Lee in the half guard, trying to score in the second half of the round. Lee working to advance his position as Oliveira is avoiding any major damage. Approaching the final minute of the round and Lee remains on top, landing a left hand. Oliveira looking for the leg of Lee once again, “The Motown Phenom” lands a pair of right hands. Short elbows from Lee and a right hand as the round ends.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Lee
Oliveira comes out with a jumping front kick, Lee lands a big right hand and shoots a single. Oliveira locks in a guillotine and it is very tight. Lee taps and that is it. Lee is arguing the stoppage, but the referee tells him to “watch the video”.
Seventh straight finish for Oliveira and we have a legit player at 155.
JUST THAT QUICKLY! 👀
— UFC (@ufc) March 15, 2020
Official result: Charles Oliveira def. Kevin Lee via submission (guillotine) – Round 3, 0:28
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