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UFC Welterweight Kevin Lee Announces Retirement After Loss

UFC welterweight Kevin Lee shocks fans with retirement announcement after first-round loss. Read about his rollercoaster career and memorable fights.

| UFC welterweight Kevin Lee announces retirement following a first-round loss at UFC Vegas 76. |
| Lee had a rollercoaster career, experiencing both highs and lows. |
| He went on a four-fight winning streak before suffering a defeat against Leonardo Santos. |

UFC welterweight Kevin Lee shocked fans and fighters alike when he announced his retirement following a first-round loss at UFC Vegas 76. Lee, who initially entered the UFC as a lightweight, had a rollercoaster career that saw him experience both highs and lows.

After a disappointing debut loss to Al Iaquinta in February 2014, Lee bounced back with an impressive four-fight winning streak. However, his momentum was halted when he suffered a defeat against Leonardo Santos in Fall 2015.

Despite this setback, Lee regrouped and embarked on a remarkable five-fight run that put him in title contention. He was even slated to face Tony Ferguson for an interim championship at UFC 216 in October 2017. Unfortunately, Lee was submitted in the third round, and he struggled to regain his former success.

Over the next few years, Lee faced numerous challenges, alternating between the lightweight and welterweight divisions. Although he managed to secure victories, he also suffered four losses in his next six fights. It seemed that Lee could never quite find his footing.

In a surprising turn of events, Lee decided to take a detour from MMA and picked up a win over Diego Sanchez in boxing in March. However, his final octagon walk took place against Rinat Fakhretdinov, where he officially announced his retirement via social media.

It’s a bittersweet ending for Kevin Lee, who undoubtedly left his mark on the UFC. Despite the ups and downs, his talent and determination were undeniable. Fans will undoubtedly remember his thrilling fights and the legacy he leaves behind.

Fight Results

Fight Result
Kevin Lee vs. Al Iaquinta Loss
Kevin Lee vs. Leonardo Santos Loss
Kevin Lee vs. Tony Ferguson Loss
Kevin Lee vs. Diego Sanchez Win
Kevin Lee vs. Rinat Fakhretdinov Retirement