Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Kevin Lee: Who Should You Back in UFC on ESPN+ 10 Main Event?


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May 18, 2019, 05:10 PM EDT
  • UFC on ESPN+ 10 is headlined by a welterweight fight between Rafael dos Anjos (-120) and Kevin Lee (-105).
  • James Carlucci breaks down the main event bout and which fighter has the edge, complete with his betting pick.

UFC Betting Odds: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kevin Lee

  • Rafael dos Anjos (-120)
  • Kevin Lee (-105)
  • Fight Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN+

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At UFC on ESPN+ 10 in Rochester, we’ll see a main event between two former lightweights looking to find their place in the welterweight division.

A former UFC champion at 155 pounds, No. 3 ranked welterweight Rafael “RDA” dos Anjos moved up to his current division after two straight losses in 2016. RDA met early success at 170 pounds, reeling off three straight wins. Now he’s looking to get back to those winning ways after dropping consecutive fights to the current champion Kamaru Usman and No. 1 contender Colby Covington.

Currently ranked No. 7 at lightweight, “The Motown Phenom” Kevin Lee is making his welterweight debut in this fight. Lee had title aspirations at 155 pounds, but a mix of disappointing performances and bad weight cuts have him looking for new life at 170 pounds.

Rafael dos Anjos’s Path to Victory

A true veteran of the sport, dos Anjos (28-11) will be making his 27th trip to the Octagon on Saturday night. Though his UFC career started off with middling results — RDA went 4-4 in his first eight fights — he hit his stride in 2012.

Starting with his submission victory over Kamal Shalorus, RDA went on a 10-1 run that included a UFC title win and a successful title defense. In UFC lightweight history, dos Anjos is ranked:

  • No. 4 in total fight time (4:10:41)
  • No. 6 in total strikes landed (1,226)
  • No. 7 in takedowns landed (39)
  • No. 8 in significant strikes landed (813)

The Brazilian lost his title via upset knockout to Eddie Alvarez in 2016 and has gone 3-3 since.

Considering his experience and accolades, dos Anjos is one of the highest-level fighters who is very clearly style-dependent.

A product of Rafael Cordeiro and Kings MMA in his prime, RDA is a pressure fighter. His success is less dependent on employing any particular phase of his game (striking, wrestling, etc.) and is more reliant on his ability to dictate where the fight is taking place.

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