Kevin Lee had a scare in round three, but “The Motown Phenom” dominated Edson Barboza for the rest of their UFC FN 128 headliner, and earned a stoppage win.
Lee came with a ton of pressure from the get go, and for the first two rounds, his wrestling and top game dominated the action. So much so, it looked like Barboza was going to be stopped on more than one occasion.
In round three, however, Barboza cracked Lee with a wheel kick, which stunned him badly and forced him to scramble for a takedown.
Round four saw Lee take Barboza down again, and brutalize the lightweight with strikes from above. In round five, Lee opened up a bit cut by the right eye of Barboza, and eventually, the doctor stopped the fight.
UFC FN 128
Kevin Lee def. Edson Barboza via TKO (doctor stoppage due to cut) R5, 2:18
Frankie Edgar def. Cub Swanson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 3-27)
Justin Willis def. Chase Sherman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
David Branch def. Thiago “Marreta” Santos via KO (punches) R1, 2:30
Aljamain Sterling def. Brett Johns via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27)
Dan Hooker def. Jim Miller via KO (knee) R1, 3:00
Ryan LaFlare def. Alex Garcia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ricky Simon def. Merab Dvalishvili via technical submission (choked unconscious) R3, 5:00
Siyar Bahadurzada def. Luan Chagas via KO (body kick & punch) R2, 2:40
Corey Anderson def. Patrick Cummins via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Tony Martin def. Keita Nakamura via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)