In the featured preliminary bout of UFC Vegas 76, Kevin Lee, a former interim title challenger, made his long-awaited return to the promotion after a two-year hiatus. His opponent, Rinat Fakhretdinov, entered the bout riding an impressive 19-fight win streak. However, it took just 55 seconds for Fakhretdinov to deliver a devastating right-hand knockout followed by a tight guillotine choke, extending his winning streak to 20 and leaving Lee unconscious on the mat.
UFC fighters experienced a whirlwind of emotions, oscillating between admiration for Fakhretdinov’s performance and profound sympathy for Lee’s abrupt and disappointing return to the promotion. Here’s a glimpse of what some of them had to say following the welterweight contest.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC comeback
What was the outcome of Kevin Lee’s UFC Vegas 76 comeback?
Kevin Lee’s comeback at UFC Vegas 76 ended in a swift defeat, with him being knocked out in just 55 seconds by Rinat Fakhretdinov.
How long had Kevin Lee been away from the UFC before his comeback?
Kevin Lee had been absent from the UFC for a period of two years before making his return at UFC Vegas 76.
Who was Kevin Lee’s opponent in his comeback fight?
Kevin Lee’s opponent in his comeback fight at UFC Vegas 76 was Rinat Fakhretdinov, who was on a 19-fight win streak at the time.
What was the sequence of events that led to Kevin Lee’s defeat?
In the fight, Rinat Fakhretdinov delivered a brutal knockdown to Kevin Lee with a right hand within the first 55 seconds. He then followed up with a deep guillotine choke, rendering Lee unconscious and securing the victory.
How did UFC fighters react to Kevin Lee’s defeat?
UFC fighters had mixed emotions following Kevin Lee’s defeat. They expressed admiration for Rinat Fakhretdinov’s performance while also feeling sympathetic towards Lee’s disappointing return to the promotion.