Over night an interesting edition of UFC Fight Night Atlantic City took place. On the card many well respected grapplers. However what perhaps we didn’t expect was so mouch ground work from Kevin Lee. Lee, who lost the Ferguson bout (during which he had staph) is ready and back with a vengance. He got 5th round KO against Barbosa.
To Barbosa’s credit he survived round after round of vicious pummeling until the ref and medical intervention put a stop to it. He even delivered this crazy kick that rendered Kevin Lee with a case of bambi legs.
How did Kevin Lee survive this?? pic.twitter.com/42XupkDfr3
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Elsewhere on the card Frankie Edgar got a hard fought decision against Cub Swanson. Here’s how sherdog recapped it:
Edgar presses forward, testing the range with jabs and combinations in the opening minute, while Swanson circles off his back foot with hands held low. Swanson leans in a few times to throw long right hands to the body, taking some glancing blows from Edgar in return. Edgar grabs a single-leg late in the second minute and is immediately pushed away by Swanson, who briefly switches to the southpaw stance. Edgar eats a jab, then bombs on Swanson with a lunging right hand that turns into a takedown attempt. Swanson stays standing with the help of the fence, but Edgar lands another punch on his way out of the clinch. Swanson, now cut underneath his right eye, is fighting reactively now, twitching and feinting but largely standing flat-footed and waiting for Edgar to throw something. Swanson sticks a jab and gets his head off-center to dodge Edgar’s counter. Swanson lands a hard low kick and grazes the head of Edgar with a spinning back kick that just misses landing flush.
Swanson waits for Edgar to come forward, then sticks a jab on the New Jersey native’s chin. Edgar keeps pressing and turns Swanson’s head with a right hand, then runs him against the wall grabbing for a single-leg. Swanson bounces off the wall and comes back to the center, landing a jab as Edgar throws a hard outside leg kick. Swanson’s knee is starting to look red after a round and a half of absorbing kicks from “The Answer.” Edgar comes over the top with a right, misses with the left hook behind it, but hits Swanson with another leg kick on the end of the combo. Swanson steps forward to throw but instead has to fight off another Edgar takedown attempt. Edgar slips his head off center to dodge a jab, then hits Swanson with another inside leg kick. Swanson tries to check the next kick, then gives one back to Edgar in frustration. Inside the final minute of the round, Swanson is starting to find a home for his jab with a bit more regularity. Edgar tries a knee tap, gets limp-legged by Swanson, who slugs the ex-champ with his best combination of the fight so far. The punches send Edgar back to his stool with a cut underneath his right eye.
Swanson fights off a single-leg but has to take a check hook, then a leg kick from Edgar as they disengage. Edgar is once again pressing forward, even flipping between stances as he pressures Swanson here in the early half of the final round. Swanson takes control for a moment as he lands a right hand, but soon it’s Edgar back in the driver’s seat, pressuring the Jackson-Wink fighter with low kicks and hooks. Swanson steps inside to land a pair of body shots as the featherweights hit the halfway point of the final round. Edgar shoots and pushes Swanson to the fence, where the New Jerseyan stands up to hold Swanson in place with an underhook. Swanson breaks free with 90 seconds left but eats another Edgar hook as he escapes. Swanson blocks a few high kicks from Edgar, then catches “The Answer” coming inside to land a level elbow. Swanson tags Edgar in the pocket again, but Edgar just eats it and throws hands back at him. The fighters stop swinging for the last 30 seconds, though Edgar catches a leaning Swanson with a combination, and Swanson gets the last word with a glancing body kick.
Also in attendance was David Branch who delivered a vicious KO at the start of round 1!
Quick work for David Branch tonight pic.twitter.com/vDEuImMoc1
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Catchweight (157 lbs) Kevin Lee def. Edson Barboza TKO (doctor stoppage) 5 2:18
Featherweight Frankie Edgar def. Cub Swanson Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Justin Willis def. Chase Sherman Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00
Middleweight David Branch def. Thiago Santos KO (punches) 1 2:30
Bantamweight Aljamain Sterling def. Brett Johns Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Dan Hooker def. Jim Miller KO (knee) 1 3:00
Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1)
Welterweight Ryan LaFlare def. Alex Garcia Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Ricky Simon def. Merab Dvalishvili TKO (referee stoppage) 3 5:00
Welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada def. Luan Chagas KO (kick to the body and punch) 2 2:40
Light Heavyweight Corey Anderson def. Patrick Cummins Decision (unanimous) (30-26, 30-26, 30-27) 3 5:00