Lee’s comeback attempt took a sharp downward turn when he encountered Fakhretdinov, who landed multiple successful strikes early in the match. With Lee retreating towards the cage, Fakhretdinov unleashed a perfectly timed overhand right punch that made direct contact with Lee’s jaw, causing the Detroit-born fighter to hit the mat.
Capitalizing on this opportunity, Fakhretdinov swiftly locked in a guillotine choke. Lee’s position, face-down on the ground, made it difficult to discern if he was trying to resist or escape the hold. However, once referee Herb Dean noted Lee’s lack of movement, he promptly intervened, ending the bout. This led to Fakhretdinov starting his victory celebrations instantaneously.
Fakhretdinov’s first-round triumph escalated his UFC record to an impressive 3-0, marking his first submission victory inside the octagon.
“We represent the new era,” stated Fakhretdinov post-fight, expressing his respect for Lee. “Who said my fights were dull? What is your response now? I can strike, I can grapple. If I need to knock someone out, I won’t hesitate.”
His performance against his most high-profile adversary thus far was undoubtedly impressive, indicating his readiness for elevated competition within the UFC’s welterweight division.
On the other hand, Lee’s abrupt ending to his UFC return, following his release from the promotion in 2021, is unquestionably a setback.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC Vegas 76
Who won the match at UFC Vegas 76 between Rinat Fakhretdinov and Kevin Lee?
Rinat Fakhretdinov won the match against Kevin Lee at UFC Vegas 76.
How long did the match at UFC Vegas 76 between Rinat Fakhretdinov and Kevin Lee last?
The match lasted only 55 seconds before Rinat Fakhretdinov won by submission.
What was the method of victory in the UFC Vegas 76 match between Rinat Fakhretdinov and Kevin Lee?
Rinat Fakhretdinov won the match by applying a guillotine choke, which made Kevin Lee unconscious.
What is Rinat Fakhretdinov’s UFC record after the win at UFC Vegas 76?
After his win at UFC Vegas 76, Rinat Fakhretdinov’s record in the UFC stands at 3-0.
What significant event marked Kevin Lee’s match against Rinat Fakhretdinov at UFC Vegas 76?
The match marked Kevin Lee’s return to the UFC, which unfortunately ended in a loss for him.