UFC lightweight fighter Kevin Lee has officially apologised for his “unprofessional” weight cut following his loss to Charles Oliveira at UFC Brasilia.
Lee faced Charles Oliveira in the main at UFC Brasilia last weekend. He tipped the scales heavy, missing the 156lbs weight limit. Despite missing weight, the fight didn’t go in Lee’s favour as Oliveira was able to sink in a guillotine choke early in the 3rd round.
The “Motown Phenom” has since issued an apology over his “unprofessional” weight cut during the post-fight media scrum:
“So many things were bouncing and moving — it was very unprofessional on my part, I will say that,” Lee said. “I could’ve approached it a whole lot better. Coming down here all the way to Brazil, on not necessarily short notice, but I maybe should’ve given myself more time to prepare for this fight.
“Honestly, it was just the time, the time killed me. I was unprepared for it. I didn’t bring a dietician down, I thought the UFC was gonna cover that a little bit more, they did in my last fight. It was more unprofessional on my part. I can’t do nothing but apologize and blame myself, and I think the way the weight cut went kind of carried over into the fight. It definitely didn’t help.”
This was the 2nd time in Kevin Lee’s UFC career that he has missed weight for a fight. Overall, Lee has missed weight a total of 5 times in his professional MMA career.
Despite his last mishap with weight cutting, Kevin Lee still feels like the lightweight division is his “home” and plans to remain there for the foreseeable future. He has previously called for the creation of a 165lbs division in the UFC.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 16th March, 2020.