Andrea Lee wanted a win in Texas, and she got it with a triangle/armbar combination that had Antonina Shevchenko wincing in pain before a tap.
The submission came at the 4:52 mark of the second round as Lee extended her hips and tucked Shevchenko’s right arm under her left to hyperextend the elbow.
Check out the finish below.
GETS THE TAP @AndreaKGBLee locks it in tight to get the sub!— UFC (@ufc) May 16, 2021
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Shevchenko, the older sister of UFC flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko, proved to be a handful in the clinch when the two locked up in the first round. Lee took plenty of knees as she fought to free herself and get back to range, where she had considerably better luck getting around Shevchenko’s jab and firing off quick combinations.
A left hand staggered Shevchenko late in the first, and Lee found out she had the grappling advantage with a late-round takedown. When the second frame started, Lee got right to work taking the fight to the mat with a pair of head and arm throws. As Shevchenko tried to scramble up, Lee advanced to mount and secured a triangle choke. She settled onto her back, only to discover she didn’t fully have the position.
Shevchenko resisted Lee’s attempts to get her arm to the right side to finish the choke, but she took several punishing elbows to the dome of her head and was unable to escape. For a while, it looked like Lee’s legs might not be able to keep the triangle. But she held on just long enough to make the fight-winning adjustment.
Lee snapped a three-fight skid, all by decision, including a split call to Lauren Murphy that marked her previous trip to the Lonestar State. Shevchenko has bounced between wins and losses in six octagon appearances.
Back in the win column in a BIG way— UFC (@ufc) May 16, 2021
@AndreaKGBLee locks in a triangle armbar to win at #UFC262. pic.twitter.com/yUnntZx5vS