UFC lightweight Kevin Lee was scheduled to face Charles Oliveira in a lightweight bout at UFC Brasilia tonight, but missed weight at the official weigh ins.
The bout will now take place at catchweight. Kevin Lee stepped on the scales heavy and was unable to make the 155lbs weight limit for his bout against Charles Oliveira at UFC Brasilia.
Following his failed weigh in, Lee spoke to Raphael Marinho where he stated that despite missing weight, the lightweight division is still his home:
“Lightweight is my home,” Lee said.
This marks the 5th time in Kevin Lee’s career, where he has missed the lightweight weight limit. He last missed weight inside the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 128, where he fought Edson Barboza. Lee won that fight via TKO in the 5th round.
Lee has also advocated for the introduction of a 165lbs division in the UFC. He talked to BJPENN.com about weight cutting issues prior to his fight against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 152:
“My whole career has been two different fights. It has been the fight against the scale first and then I worry about the opponent later. Not having to cut that extra weight just adds more to the fight,” Lee said.
If he is able to get a win against Charles Oliveira, Lee has already set his sights on his next opponent. He recently called for a fight against the lightweight prospect Islam Makhachev.
Fellow UFC lightweight fighter Diego Sanchez recently expressed his anger over Lee being the latest fighter to miss weight.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 14th March, 2020.