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8 burning questions heading into UFC on ESPN+ 10

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The UFC is in Rochester, N.Y. for the first time in promotional history for Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 10 card.

In the headlining bout, former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, who made the move up to welterweight in 2017, welcomes former interim lightweight title challenger Kevin Lee to the 170-pound division. And in the co-headliner, Ian Heinisch, who has just one UFC bout to his name, looks to make a big jump up in the middleweight division against dangerous submission artist Antonio Carlos Junior.

The event also features a matchup of former Invicta FC champions, as well as a rare non-title trilogy bout.

UFC on ESPN+ 10 takes place at Blue Cross Arena. The card streams entirely on ESPN+. Here are eight burning questions heading into it.

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1. Will Kevin Lee be able to reboot at welterweight?

Lee has long been a proponent of the UFC adding a 165-pound weight class. However, with UFC president Dana White saying that won’t happen, Lee is moving up to 170 to fight dos Anjos after a history of struggling to make 155. That includes missing weight before an April 2018 win over Edson Barboza.

For Lee (17-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC), this is the kind of fight that could reboot his career. At 26, he’s still young enough to make a run (or two) at the 170-pound title. The first step toward that goal is to get by Dos Anjos, who’s ranked No. 9 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie welterweight rankings.

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Kevin Lee gave Rafael dos Anjos 'undivided attention' without weight cut, enticed by 170 options

Lee needs to approach this matchup against his 34-year-old opponent like it’s his UFC debut. Without the dehydration related to his past weight cuts, Lee should be able to gauge his cardio better and also think more clearly inside the cage. If he does emerge victorious, he instantly becomes a player at 170.

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