MMA Preview – Rafael dos Anjos vs Kevin Lee at UFC Fight Night 152

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 152? Saturday 18th May, 2019 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 152? Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York

What channel is UFC Fight Night 152 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 152? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

UFC Fight Night 152 is headlined by Rafael dos Anjos and Kevin Lee in a fascinating match-up between two former lightweights. Dos Anjos has experienced the highs and lows in his welterweight chapter whereas Lee makes his first step in the division and predicts a smooth road to the title.

Even though Dos Anjos won the lightweight title, the cut was too gruelling and he decided to move up a class back in 2017. It looked like a great decision as he dominated Tarec Saffiedine, mauled Neil Magny and outpointed former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler. However, he landed in the deep waters of the welterweight division when he came up against Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman. The latter man-handled Dos Anjos which has alerted Lee, himself another athletic wrestler.

Lee has promised so much in his UFC career but he just hasn’t quite cut it at the very top level. There is no doubting his talent but like Dos Anjos, his performance has always been restricted by the cut to 155 lbs.

After finishing a host of lightweight animals including Jake Matthews, Magomed Mustafaev, Francisco Trinaldo and Michael Chiesa, Lee met Tony Ferguson and got a taste of his own medicine in getting wrapped up in a choke. He bounced back by just about nullifying the striking of Edson Barboza but failed again in trying to get past a top contender in Al Iaquinta.

THE PREDICTION

Dos Anjos looks great at welterweight but the size difference was clear in his fights with Covington and Usman. Lee will back himself to dominate in similar fashion but it will all come down to how he performs at 170 lbs.

This is a great match-up for Lee. Dos Anjos is a big name and has come unstuck against high-calibre wrestlers. We know Lee is an incredible athlete; strong, confident and most importantly a talented wrestler and not cutting those extra 15 lbs could unveil the next top contender in the division.

Dos Anjos also has excellent cardio and will have the advantage on the feet but the wrestling of an energised Lee is likely to nullify his striking and Jiu-Jitsu. If Covington and Usman can’t finish Dos Anjos, it is hard to see Lee pulling one off but he has the tools to subdue the Brazilian for five rounds.

Winner: Lee via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.