UFC Vegas 54: Viviane Araujo Survives Early Knockdown, Wins Decision Over KGB Lee

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Viviane Araujo, Andrea Lee, UFC Vegas 54LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 14: (R-L) Viviane Araujo of Brazil kicks Andrea Lee successful a flyweight combat astatine UFC APEX connected May 14, 2022 successful Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The UFC women’s flyweight part has been picking up of late, with contenders trying to marque their mode up the rankings to situation all-time large and champion Valentina Shevchenko. Of note, Viviane Araujo and Andrea Lee faced disconnected astatine UFC Vegas 54 connected Saturday night, looking to instrumentality different measurement towards UFC gold.

Araujo was coming disconnected a determination nonaccomplishment to Katlyn Chookagian astatine UFC 262. The #8 ranked flyweight looked to get backmost into the triumph file astatine the UFC APEX.

Lee entered the nighttime connected a two-fight triumph streak with finishes implicit Cynthia Calvillo and Antonina Shevchenko, respectively.

With the 125-pound part starting to vigor up a triumph astatine UFC Vegas 54 would beryllium a batch much meaningful for the victor.

Within the archetypal 30 seconds successful the featured preliminary combat connected Saturday, Araujo had switched stances, and clipped Lee, who dropped to a genu but instantly came backmost up. Moments later, Lee caught Araujo with a left, drilled her with a caput kick, and pounced! She rained down hammerfists, but Araujo someway survived.

They got backmost up, lone for Araujo to instrumentality a bloodied “KGB” down. Lee past utilized a consecutive arm-bar to escape, holding onto it arsenic she regained her feet. After a little intermission for the ref to retrieve a fallen mouthpiece, Lee fired a mates of kicks down the center, but had to contend with a mates of dense punches from the Brazilian. Everything Lee and Araujo threw was with atrocious intentions; with 90 seconds to spell successful the round, Araujo took the combat down, planting Lee connected her back. Lee threatened with upkicks earlier Araujo settled in, moving to broadside control.

In circular two, Lee connected with an elbow, portion Araujo landed a hook. Lee past changed levels, lone to springiness up her back. Araujo rapidly got hooks in, flattening her hostile out. A horrible spot to beryllium successful with implicit 4 minutes to go. Araujo sunk successful an arm-triangle choke, but Lee trapped a leg, stopping her from stepping over. That was capable to let Lee to survive, but Araujo would determination to broadside control, and Lee gave up her backmost arsenic Araujo looked for a crucifix.

As competitory arsenic circular 1 had been, circular 2 was a ascendant showing from Viviane Araujo. Lee was doing small much than screen up, but she was yet capable to marque it to a three-point stance. Araujo, precocious up the back, was astatine hazard of slipping off. Instead, she managed to resistance Lee backmost down. More punches came, arsenic Lee covered up; the ref warned Araujo for hitting the backmost of the head. Lee past rolled to her back, and Araujo enactment connected different arm-triangle choke. Lee defended that 1 arsenic well, surviving the round.

Having recovered sizeable occurrence connected the ground, Araujo took the combat determination aboriginal successful the third. She was soon successful broadside control, but Lee trapped a leg, regaining half-guard. Lee scrambled to her knees, made it backmost to her feet, and yet freed herself. Lee worked her jab, and beforehand kicks. But a precocious footwear saw her dumped connected her back, and Lee again had to contend with Araujo connected apical of her. They’d decorativeness retired the combat connected the ground, with Lee reversing and getting connected apical late, lone to tally retired of clip portion landing crushed n’ pound.

Official Result: Viviane Araujo def. Andrea Lee by unanimous determination (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)