Main Event: Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Kevin Lee – All fights exclusively on ESPN+ in English and Spanish — available through the ESPN App, ESPN.com and connected TV devices. - To sign up, visit www.espnplus.com/ufc
UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ this Saturday, May 18, live from Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, features a pair of former lightweights clashing in the welterweight division in the main event, as former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos, squares off against former lightweight contender, Kevin “The Motown Phenom” Lee, as he fights at 170 pounds for the first time in his UFC career.
All fights from UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Lee will be live exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S, in both English and Spanish, with the main card beginning 8 p.m. ET and prelims beginning 5 p.m. ET.
Dos Anjos (28-11-0), ranked No. 3 in UFC welterweight division, enters the Octagon hoping to turn things around after losses against current champion Kamaru Usman and former interim champion Colby Covington. Lee (17-4-0) will put his takedown prowess to the test as he looks to make his mark in his welterweight debut by securing a win over a top five-ranked opponent.
The night’s co-main event features a middleweight bout between one of UFC’s most dangerous finishers, No. 12-ranked middleweight Antonio “Cara de Sapato” Carlos Junior (11-2-0-1), who will be looking for his sixth straight win against Ian “The Hurricane” Heinisch (12-1-0).
In addition, in a battle of former Invicta FC featherweight champions, Megan Anderson (9-3-0) will take on undefeated UFC rookie Felicia “Feenom” Spencer (6-0-0), and Vicente “The Silent Assassin” Luque (15-6-1) will face Octagon newcomer Derrick Krantz (24-10) in welterweight action, while Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira (26-8-0-1) takes on Nik “The Carny” Lentz (30-9-2), and Davi “Tasmanian Devil” Ramos (9-2-0) squares off against Austin “Thud” Hubbard (10-2-0), in lightweight bouts.
ESPN+ will feature the exclusive UFC Fight Night Pre-Show, on location in Rochester hosted by Karyn Bryant and Paul Felder beginning at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, May 17. ESPN+ will also present a live, exclusive UFC Fight Night Post Show, immediately following the event.
Calling the live action will be play-by-play announcer Brendan Fitzgerald alongside color commentary from UFC Lightweight contender, Paul Felder. Laura Sanko will handle reporting duties and studio will feature Rashad Evans and the debut show of UFC Welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman. Production for all UFC events on ESPN+ and ESPN is provided by UFC. UFC’s Spanish-language commentary for UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ will be provided by Troy Santiago with the play-by-play, and Marlon “Chito” Vera as the analyst.
ESPN.com coverage of UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Lee includes features on two of the UFC’s top female prospects in Aspen Ladd and Megan Anderson, plus a betting guide for ESPN+ subscribers, an analytical breakdown of the main event and a viewer’s guide to the fight. ESPN.com will also provide extensive coverage on every fight throughout the weekend.
On the ESPN App and ESPN.com fans can turn to MMA Fightcenter, the new live, data-driven digital experience featuring live fight statistics (including strikes by significance and body region, time in control and takedowns), fight cards for every fight from UFC events, fighter profile cards and more. Each fight night, MMA Fightcenter will visualize the strikes and damage absorbed by fighters through dynamic color-represented animations, providing fight fans an innovative companion experience to the live event.
On ESPN+, UFC is always on – 24/7/365 – with anytime access to more than 200 hours of high-quality, on-demand UFC content, including the UFC’s greatest fights, biggest stars and full replays of select events and more. ESPN+ also brings fans the original weekly series Ariel & The Bad Guy, featuring MMA journalist and insider Ariel Helwani and professional athlete Chael Sonnen. Fans can also watch episodes of the groundbreaking new documentary series UFC: Destined, exclusively on ESPN+, which this week features Dos Anjos and Lee (Part 1).
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