Image source: Kevin Lee Instagram (@motownphenom)
Lee is coming enters the fight riding some serious momentum after a brutal head kick knockout over Gregor Gillespie at UFC 244.
Prior to the Gillespie knockout, Lee was riding a two-fight losing streak first losing to Al Iaquinta and then losing in his welterweight debut against Rafael dos Anjos. The knockout win over Gillespie put a monumental stamp on Lee’s return to the lightweight division.
His opponent, Oliveira, is a crafty veteran with a brilliant black belt level jiu-jitsu game with 18 of his 28 MMA wins coming via submission. Oliveira is currently riding a six-fight winning streak most recently knocking out Jared Gordon in front of his hometown Brazilian crowd.
Combate were the first to report the booking of this bout and they also reported that the bout will be the main event of the UFC Brasilia show. The co-headliner is set to be Demian Maia vs Gilbert Burns.