- Kevin Lee’s brutal head kick left his UFC 244 opponent stiff and unconscious for more than a minute on Saturday.
- Lee had two successive losses before UFC 244 but bounced back with a highlight-reel finish, knocking out Gregor Gillespie in style at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
- “This is a new resurgence in my career,” Lee told ESPN after the fight.
- Watch the leg-kick knockout below.
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Kevin Lee’s head kick was so powerful that it left his opponent stiff, unconscious, and on the floor at UFC 244 on Saturday. And the knockout was so nasty that the UFC rewarded Lee with a $US50,000 bonus, MMA Junkie reported.
It was a massive turnaround in fortunes for the 27-year-old American. Lee had been written off after back-to-back losses to Al Iaquinta and Rafael dos Anjos in the past year but produced a highlight-reel knockout by defeating Gregor Gillespie in style on Saturday.
It all happened midway through the first round of their lightweight fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Lee staggered Gillespie with a thudding overhand right, then followed up with a left-footed head kick that separated his opponent from his senses as soon as it landed on his chin.
Gillespie was unconscious before he hit the canvas, but Lee hit him with afters anyway, sending a right-handed hammer fist down on the beaten New Yorker’s face before the referee tackled Lee to protect Gillespie.
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“When you come out and do what Kevin Lee did tonight – people are talking about Kevin Lee,” the UFC boss Dana White said in a media scrum. “I’m talking about Kevin Lee. You guys are going to talk about Kevin Lee. Fans are talking about Kevin Lee.
“Kevin Lee came out and, you know, biggest show ever. The president of the United States was watching. The Rock is out there … And he went out and did what you’re supposed to do on a night like tonight.”
Lee’s record moved to 18 wins (including three by knockout and eight by submission) against five losses.
“I can bring a lot that people just ain’t seen from me yet,”Lee told the ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto after UFC 244. “This is a new resurgence in my career.”
He added that he wanted to “remind everybody who’s the future of this division.”
“It’s amazing, fighting in front of the president of the United States,” Lee said, adding, “I felt like I got that job done.”
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