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Kevin Lee expected to be venturing into hostile territory when he steps into the Octagon for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event against Charles Oliveira in Brasilia, Brazil. Oliveira is from Sao Paulo, after all, and the Brazilian fans always are loud and enthusiastic in support of their fighting countrymen.
But because of the coronoavirus pandemic, the UFC fights are playing out inside Ginasio Nilson Nelson with no fans in attendance.
Lee (18-5), a Michigan native who now lives and trains in Las Vegas, is coming off a head-kick knockout win in his return to lightweight in November.
Oliveira (28-8) has won six fights in a row — all finishes. He has 13 submission wins in the UFC, a promotion record.
Lee did miss weight on Friday, but the key lightweight bout will go on as scheduled after Lee forfeited a percentage of his purse.
The co-main event features the No. 2 submission specialist in UFC history. Middleweight Demian Maia has tapped out 11 opponents, most recently former Olympic wrestler Ben Askren. Maia (28-9) takes on a fellow multiple-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, Gilbert Burns (17-3). It is a dream matchup for grappling fans.
The undercard also features the return of Johnny Walker, who was a contender for a shot at light heavyweight champ Jon Jones until Walker’s first-round KO loss to Corey Anderson on Nov. 2. Walker takes on Nikita Krylov.
In all, there are a dozen fight on the card. Follow along here for recaps of all the action from Brazil: