A referee error from Mario Yamasaki brought an end to a grudge match between Kevin Lee and Michael Chiesa in their headliner at UFC Fight Night 112.
Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) had sunk in a rear-naked choke and was on the precipice of choking Chiesa (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) unconscious, leading Yamasaki to step in and wave off the bout at the 4:37 mark of the first round. The only problem was, Chiesa didn’t go out, and he didn’t tap.
The lightweight bout was the main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 112 event at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.
Immediately after the botched end, Chiesa implored Lee to make an immediate rematch, even offering to fight on Lee’s home turf in Detroit at the end of the year.
Lee didn’t seem entirely committed to the idea, calling out Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was scratched in February from an interim lightweight title with Tony Ferguson after suffering complications from a weight cut.
“I did whatever I wanted,” said Lee, an honorable mention in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings. “I was never in any danger, so it was just going to be four more…