That was close.
Not long after word came that Nik Lentz was unable to make it to the scale, forcing the cancellation of his Will Brooks fight, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender Kevin Lee missed the 155-pound mark for his interim title fight against Tony Ferguson.
“El Cucuy” was on point at 155 pounds (complete UFC 216 weigh in results here), while Lee tipped the scale at 156 pounds. Lee, after being medically cleared, was given an extra hour to shed the additional baggage. Here he is on his second attempt, coming in at 154.5 pounds:
Because the UFC 216 headliner is for the substitute strap, it’s bound by the championship ruleset; meaning, there is no one-pound allowance at weigh ins and “Motown Phenom” was required to make the 155-pound mark.
Sorry, no Canadian loopholes here in Las Vegas. However, one has to wonder what sort of toll the extra cutting took in regard to tomorrow's performance.
The UFC 216 pay-per-view (PPV) event takes place tomorrow night (Sat., Oct. 7, 2017) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, with preliminary bouts on FX and the UFC Fight Pass digital network.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 216 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FX at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.
To see the current UFC 216 fight card and line up click here.