It was another tough night on Saturday for Kevin Lee at UFC Rochester. The brash fighter has launched the spotlight since his first headline fight against Michael Chiesa back in July of 2017, but with that rise in profile has come to rise in competition as well. Tony Ferguson's and Al Iaquinta's convinced Lee was the time to stop killing himself to 155, and that was probably for the best. The first fight at 170 came against another form of top lightweight in Rafael dos Anjos.
Lee started the fight and won the first round with lightning fast strikes and hard pressure. But even without a brutal weight cut, his gas tank just couldn't sustain his pace. From round two onward dos Anjos gradually took over until an exhausted Lee practically belly flopped off a failed takedown in the fourth round and gift up mount. Moments later, RDA had a poor triangle locked in and had lost another tough battle (watch the highlights here).
UFC turns to him for main event after main event. But Lee is obviously not in the sport to soak up consolation. This latest loss has clearly taken a toll on him as is evident in a video statement released on Instagram.
"I don't know what happened out there," said Lee in the video. “I thought I did everything right up to this fight. Tried to eliminate every little distraction, everything that wasn't good for me. I swear I felt like everything was falling into place. I was talking to me just before I walked out there, still wasn't enough. ”This s ** t, sometimes, it 's like the highest highs and the lowest lows,” he continued. “This really makes you question what you believe in. I've been through a lot of things in my life, this really ain't gonna be ** t. ”
” Thank you for the support, I really got some real people behind me now , ”He wrote in the post's caption. “I apologize for not coming through. I'm good, I'm gonna take some time to evaluate everything. ”
With this loss, Lee is now 1