If the last name of Lee’s opponent looks familiar it’s because older brother Anthony is the current UFC lightweight champ. The younger Pettis, who turned twenty in August, has shown some of the same flashes of brilliance on the regional scene his title-toting sibling displays on a regular basis in the Octagon. He’s explosive while standing and solid on the ground, serving as one of the hottest 125-pound prospects to show up in years. Pettis should have his hands full with Lee, a man who already has five UFC fights under his belt including a memorable submission of “Kid” Yamamoto back in February 2012.
The UFC’s matchmaking team has been busy as of late, rounding up replacements for a handful of outings affected by injury withdrawals and booking new bouts. Though only one of the efforts is main event material, the fights all look good on paper and should end up producing a handful of highlights come showtime. From longtime veterans of the Octagon to a heavily-hyped newcomer, here are the five newest fights destined for the infamous eight-sided cage. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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