Daniel Rodriguez re-introduced Kevin Lee to the welterweight reality at UFC On ESPN 30 (UFC Vegas 35) on Saturday night at the UFC Apex Facility, Las Vegas.
Rodriguez took the fight with just two weeks notice but was was able to dominate the fight through the fight in the second and third round to pick up a well deserved unanimous decision on all three scorecards 29-28 .
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Lee was making a return back to the 170 pound division and made a promise to stay there moving forward but Rodriguez could make him chew his words. The Latter was so happy with the win, which marks back to back shirt notice call up wins in his ranks
“Hell yeah, I’m happy,” Rodriguez said following the win. “Any time you guys need a short notice call, I’m your man. I’m ready every time. I was able to stuff his takedowns and work my game. If you ask me, that’s seven wins in a row.”
Lee made a brief appearance at welterweight back in 2019 and seemed well adjusted for this meeting. He looked good striking on his feet against Rodrigues but his best strikes came after his takedown late in the opening round. Lee was just too dominant on the canvas and found it so easy to administer his ground and pound.
With such a performance in the opening round, Rodriguez knew that was going to be his target in the second round and looked to counter and reverse every position and offensive attack Lee brought to the table. Lee scored the takedown but wasn’t successful this time as Rodriguez worked his way back to his feet and blasted him with leg kicks that the former Interim lightweight champion was visibly Hurn and on wobbled legs.
A big right hand from Rodriguez sent Lee into a desperate takedown position where he held Rodriguez till the horn was heard.
The final round saw a dominant display from Rodriguez, who battered the wobbled Lee, though Lee was able to score a takedown early in the round but that was all as he couldn’t maintain a significant position and Rodriguez was able to get back to his feets and connected huge strikes while on his feets.
After getting back to his feet, Rodriguez resorted to his Jab and sent out Left combinations, Lee couldn’t help but eat as they kept landing flush on his chin. Ones the fight was over, it was clear Rodriguez had done enough to win the fight.
Rodriguez with the win moves 6 -1 in the UFC, while Lee will be forced to rethink his decision to stay in the 170 pound Division.
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