WATCH: Kevin Lee Batters Edson Barboza to Fifth Round Doctor stoppage

Kevin Lee defeats Edson Barboza

The main event at UFC Fight Night 128 saw top lightweight contenders Edson Barboza and Kevin Lee square off in a fight that would have huge implications for the division.

Coming into his last fight, Lee was riding high, having won five fights in a row and nine of his previous ten. But then he ran into a wall in the form of Tony Ferguson.

After impressing in the early rounds of that fight, the Mowtown Phenom – who was said to be suffering from a staph infection – began to fade in the third and ended up losing by way of a triangle choke.

It ruined his immediate hopes of a fight with new lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov but, with an opportunity to impress against an opponent that Khabib recent beat, Lee promised to put on a more impressive performance than the Russian did against Barboza.

“I want that Khabib fight. I’ve been calling for it for a long time. I feel like I’m going to get a better version of Edson Barboza that fought Khabib a couple months ago. I’m going to whoop this boy even worse then Khabib did, and then from there we can make a fight happen.”

Khabib’s wrestling proved to be too much for Barboza

Lee took things a step further and said Nurmagomedov showed some weaknesses in his bout against Al Iaquinta at UFC 223, weaknesses that the Detroit native wanted to expose, himself.

“Once I get my hands on him that’s really going to show. There was a little bit of frustration watching that fight because I wanted to be the one to expose those holes and I want to be the one to give him that one on his record. But as soon as that fight’s over I got back on what I got to do and that’s go out there and whooping on Edson.”

Lee failed to make weight for this one, coming in one pound above the 156lb lightweight limit. Luckily, Barboza agreed to accept 20 percent of Lee’s purse, so the fight would go ahead, as planned.

Still, it once again showed that the Mowtown Phenom has a battle to get down to the lightweight limit for his fights.

A tough weight cut in his last fight saw Lee fade against Tony Ferguson

Still, the bookies gave him the slight edge over Barboza with Lee paying $1.70 (7/10, -143) to get the win while the Brazilian was at $2.15 ($23/20, +115).

With Lee fifth in the lightweight rankings and Barboza one behind him in sixth place, both men knew that a win, here, was extremely important for their title aspirations.

That UFC official appears to be LOVING the stare-down!

Lee proved to be the better ground fighter, as he went on to pound on Barboza once the fight hit the mat. Barboza, however, showed some signs of life when he landed his patented spinning heel kick that wobbled the “Motown Phenom.”

The last two rounds, however, showed more of Lee’s dominant ground-and-pound game, as he continued to rain down punches on Barboza. Lee also landed a left hand that opened up a huge cut over Barboza’s right eye, which forced the referee to halt the action to have the ringside doctors check on the injury.

Unfortunately for the Brazilian, the doctors deemed him unable to continue, awarding Lee with the stoppage win at the 2:18 mark of the fifth round.

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