Kevin Lee

UFC 216: Kevin Lee makes weight successfully on second attempt

That was close.

It was one of those days for interim UFC lightweight contender No.7 Kevin Lee (16-2-0) at the UFC 216 weigh-ins in Las Vegas.

Lee weighed in at 156 pounds, one pound over the championship weight limit of 155 pounds, prompting the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to authorize him to lose one pound in one hour starting at 2:15 ET once he was cleared by a physician.

The failure of Lee to make weight also put the main event of UFC 216 in serious jeopardy.

At Thursday’s open gym workouts, Lee admitted to reporters that he needed to lose 19 pounds.

After the one hour extension Lee weighed in again, this time successfully at 154.5 pounds, making the fight official.

No.2 Tony Ferguson (23-3-0) made weight earlier, registering 155 pounds on the scale. All other fighters on the card made weight.

Additionally, UFC 216 lost a featured preliminary bout as Nik Lentz (27-8-2) was scratched after pre-weigh-in “medical issues,” forcing the cancellation of his bout with Will Brooks (18-3-0).



Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.