Live on FX: Bantamweights: Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto (18-5, 1NC) vs. Vaughan Lee (11-7-1)
Before losing the last four out of five matches, Yamamoto was known for dominating his opponents and knocking out almost everyone he faced. Lee is a submission specialist that usually finishes his opponents in the first round, if he gets the win. Lee lost his UFC debut in November, suffering a close split decision loss to Chris Cariaso. Yamamoto has yet to win a UFC battle. The Japanese fighting legend will look to regain his glory with a KO, while Lee will likely look to submit Yamamoto early. Here we go…
Round 1: Lee stalks Yamamoto down southpaw style to open the round, but no blows are being thrown. Yamamoto suddenly comes in with a right hook that lands, and Lee connects with a left. Lee tries to throw a bunch of punches but Yamamoto spins away from the fence and delivers a sharp body kick that separates the fighters. Lee drives Yamamoto into the fence and lands a weak uppercut and Yamamoto slips to the canvas. Yamamoto is quickly back up and drives Lee into the fence with a series of hooks, jabs, and knees. Lee is protecting himself as Yamamoto tees off. Lee circles away and lands a swift hook that briefly wobbles Yamamoto. Yamamoto responds with another flurry of knees and punches, but Lee defends himself well. Lee finally lands a damaging series of punches that wobbles Yamamoto again — this time he looks hurt. Lee capitalizes and moves into position for an arm triangle and starts pounding on Yamamoto’s head. Yamamoto tries to squirm out of it, but just allows Lee to tighten the head an arm triangle further. Yamamoto is struggling to slip free, but he’s trapped. Lee tightens the grip with every effort, and Yamamoto taps due to an arm bar at 4:29 of the first round.
Winner: Lee (Submission, Arm Bar; 4:29 of the 1st round)