WATCH: Kevin Lee Trolls ‘Little’ Daniel Rodriguez Ahead of their UFC Vegas 35 Clash

Published 08/28/2021, 12:53 AM EDT


Former interim title challenger Kevin finally makes his long-awaited UFC return after a stint of inactivity that lasted over a year. ‘The Motown Phenom’ last fought Charles Oliveira back in March 2020 and is 1-3 in his last four fights. Lee returns against Daniel Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 35 and is determined to begin anew at welterweight.

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During the face-off against ‘D-Rod’, Kevin Lee was at his trolling best when he decided to size up his opponent. He opted to call Rodriguez ‘little’ despite the fact that Daniel Rodriguez towers over Kevin Lee by a meaningful margin. Lee got up close and personal and he was clearly unbothered by the clear size discrepancy that exists.

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What’s more, Lee doubled down on his pre-fight trolling as he took to social media and once again jabbed at Rodriguez. While it didn’t seem to phase ‘D-Rod’ in the slightest, fans are getting excited for this scrap as it dawns nearer. Both men are finishing machines and the fight is not likely to go to the scorecards.

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The Motown Phenom‘ has had a tough time settling in and his status as a top prospect is on the line on Saturday night. He was originally supposed to face Sean Brady. However, the fight fell out on multiple occasions. Lee decided to accept a bout against the lesser-known Rodriguez who will undoubtedly bring the fight to him.

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Kevin Les is significantly undersized for the division and his mettle will be tested every time he fights at welterweight. However, he believes in his grappling prowess and is confident that his work with Firas Zahabi will pay dividends. He cannot afford another misstep as his future as a possible title contender may be over with a loss to Rodriguez.

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‘D-Rod’ is a marauder who moves forward with reckless abandon and isn’t afraid to get in close range. His ability to absorb punishment just as well as he dishes it out makes him a formidable force at any point. Fans will be excited to tune in and see how the fight plays out under the bright lights.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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