MMA’s Swan Song? Oliveira Submits Lee Inside An Empty Arena

In what may very well be the last fight for an MMA organization for a while, Charles Oliveira added onto his legacy in his home country. Inside the Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia, Oliveira submitted Kevin Lee in the third round.

Oliveira (28-8, 1NC) came into the night with the most submission wins in UFC history. He walked out tied with the most finishes (16) and with a seven-fight win streak after three rounds of action.  When the opening round started, Lee (18-6), who missed weight prior to the bout, was looking sharp and consistent. Oliveira used leg kicks to catch Lee off guard. Both tried to land a position on the ground, but Lee was able to get top position. It was a round filled with action in a card that had nine straight decision-wins to start things off.

The second round saw Lee block a spinning back fist and land a hard right. He continued to maul away before hitting Oliveira with a double leg takedown. Lee was able to stop any submission attempt Oliveira had and continued to do work on top position. He looked much sharper in the second than he did the first.

None of that mattered, however, as Oliveira quickly took down Lee to start the third and grabbed him for the guillotine choke. Lee tapped, and then later disputed that fact as he looked out of it.

Starting his career in the UFC in 2010, Oliveria survived extended losing streaks to become one of the toughest fighters out there today. He called out the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, if the fight even happens.

The event in Brazil was in question all week due to the coronavirus outbreak. Several organizations postponed or canceled events altogether. Bellator was going to have Bellator 241 take place this past Friday, but decided to postpone it the day of the fight. No fighters were tested prior to the event due to the Brazilian Athletic Commission.

As for Lee, the loss ended a potential win streak that started with a knockout win over Gregor Gillespie at UFC 244. He is now 2-4 in his last six fights dating back to 2017.

UFC Brasilia Main Card: (ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)

Charles Oliveira def. Kevin Lee via guillotine choke (:28 into round three)

Gilbert Burns def. Damien Maia via TKO (2:34 into round one)

Renato Moicano def. Damir Hadzovic via rear-naked choke (:44 into round one)

Nikita Krylov def. Johnny Walker via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Francisco Trinaldo def. John Makdessi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

UFC Brasilia Prelims (ESPN+, 3 p.m. ET)

Brandon Moreno def. Jussier Formiga via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Amanda Ribas def. Randa Markos via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)

Elizeu Dos Santos def. Aleksei Kunchenko via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Rani Yahya and Enrique Barzola fought to a majority draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)

Maryna Moroz def. Mayra Bueno Silva via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

David Dvorak def. Bruno Silva via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Bea Malecki def. Veronica Macedo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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