FREEMAN: How Megan Anderson, Felicia Spencer, Rafael dos Anjos and Kevin Lee can get the job done at UFC Rochester

By Ray Freeman, MMATorch Contributor

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 19: Kevin Lee stands in the Octagon before his lightweight bout against Magomed Mustafaev during the UFC Fight Night at the SSE Arena on November 19, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC Rochester lies in the heart of spring. A time in which growth is inevitable. Growth is exactly what will be showcased on Saturday, May 18th. An event in which there is no gold on the line. Only glory.

Top prospects clash in a growing women’s featherweight division (145) when Megan Anderson welcomes an Invicta FC fan favorite, Felicia Spencer in her UFC debut. In the last fight of the night, Kevin Lee moves up to welterweight to challenge former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos.

Megan Anderson must utilize her reach. She is 6ft tall with a 73-inch reach. With stats like that, she will naturally be ‘bigger’ than almost anyone in that division. Throwing straight body kicks to keep her opponent on the outside will be crucial. Stay in the center and punish her opponent anytime she tries to close the distance.

Felicia Spencer must make this a dirty scrap. At 5 feet, 5 inches, she’ll have a lot of ground to cover to catch her opponent. Spencer has finished 4 of her 6 fights, 3 by submission. She needs to clinch her opponent against the cage, force a single leg or trip off the fence to get this fight to her bread and butter, ground and pound.

Rafael Dos Anjos can win this bout with footwork and combinations. Dos Anjos will need to circle the cage when he’s not attacking. When the opportunity to attack presents itself, planting his feet to land a stiff 1-2 combo. RDA was once feared as one of the best leg kickers in MMA. To slow his opponent, chopping at the calf could pay off.


Kevin Lee has to press the pace. His opponent has struggled with strong wrestlers in the past. The opponent must be kept on his backfoot during most of the fight. Cut off the cage and make it a grueling grappling fight. Lee is strong at 155 pounds, but at 170, he should feel as close to 100% as ever.

It should be a fun night of fights. We will see who gets the job done.

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