I turned off the light in a minute. Fakhretdinov effortlessly dealt with an experienced American
Sergey Sorokin July 2, 2023, 02:00 Moscow time
Rinat did not even have time to get tired, and the opponent was already “asleep”.
On the night of July 1-2, an interesting UFC Fight Night tournament is held, which is of great interest to fans of mixed martial arts from Russia. In the main fight of the preliminary card, Rinat Fakhretdinov fought Kevin Lee. Our compatriot, after getting into the best billboard on the planet, managed to win two victories and was burning with an overwhelming desire to consolidate this success. And as a rival he got a very experienced American who returned to the league.
Fakhretdinov entered the UFC with an 18-1 record in MMA and added two wins to that. First, Andreas Mikhailidis was unanimously defeated, and then Rinat turned out to be stronger than Brian Battle in the same way. Little by little, the Russian is gaining momentum and becoming more and more dangerous for the rivals. The duel with Lee was supposed to be his main test of strength.
Kevin made his UFC debut in 2014. During his professional career, he had a very decent record in MMA: 19-7. In 2021, the American dropped out of the promotion after two straight losses. He lost to Charles Oliveira and Daniel Rodríguez. After that, the fighter moved to Eagle FC, defeated Diego Sánchez and returned to the UFC, receiving an exclusive contract. Lee returned determined to redeem himself for leadership of the league.
Details of the rest of the matches of the tournament:
UFC: Fakhretdinov crushed his opponent in one minute. He now he touches Magomedov. LIVE
Rinat immediately began to smash the opponent. He decided not to file the matter. And very quickly he turned out to catch Lee in a mistake. Fakhretdinov threw a strong punch and literally shook Kevin. And then it was all a matter of technique. The Russian captured the American in the “guillotine” and began to tighten the vice. As a result, the referee took pity on Lee and stopped the fight. And then it turned out that Kevin “went out” from the choke. He even had to explain that the fight was already over.
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After the fight, Fakhretdinov was detailed. He said that he was ready to be versatile: “Kevin is a great fighter. But I have never had such a good preparation. Who said my fights are boring? Who said that? I can hit, I can fight. It all depends on the attitude of the coach. I should have turned it off, I turned it off. I knew my skills were stronger, our fighting was better.”
Fakhretdinov earned a third consecutive victory in the UFC and continues to dominate his opponents. And this brilliant ending was another step towards getting a higher ranked opponent. Now the league bosses are simply obliged to reward the Russian with a state duel.