The former UFC interim lightweight title challenger Kevin The Motown Phenom Lee has again missed weight, this time for the second time in his career as a professional MMA fighter. However, the fight is still going to go on as scheduled and the event will not be affected by it at all.
UFC Brasilia, i.e. UFC on ESPN+ 28 is all set to take place tomorrow at the Ginasio Neilson Nelson in Brasilia, Brazil. The event will feature plenty of high profile, big name fighters such as Kevin Lee, Charles Oliveira, Demian Maia, Gilbert Burns, Renato Moicano, Johnny Walker, Randa Markos, among many others.
The official weigh ins for the event were scheduled to take place today and Lee came in heavy, weighing in at 158.5 pounds, thus missing weight by 2.5 pounds. While Lee was given an extra hour to lose the excess weight, but the decision was made against losing that extra weight later on citing health reasons.
It should be noted that tomorrow’s fight night event will take place behind closed doors due to the worldwide looming threat of the Coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday the Governor Ibaneis Rocha declared that there will be no public gatherings of any kind due to the ongoing current international health crisis. This had led to some speculation that the UFC might even cancel the event altogether. However, news media outlet Combate reported later on Thursday that the event will now be behind closed doors.
Even the officials from the arena stated that they will comply with the Brazilian government’s orders, “Arena BSB informs that became aware of a decree from the Government of the Federal District that restricts public access to sporting and cultural events, and awaits specific positioning regarding the events scheduled for this Saturday: UFC and [a soccer match]. It also clarifies that it will follow all official regulations in order to collaborate with the maintenance of public health,” they said.