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Pros react to Kevin Lee initially missing weight for UFC 216 title fight

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The combat sports world narrowly escaped yet another ruined UFC card earlier today (Fri., Oct. 6, 2017) when Kevin Lee initially missed weight for his interim lightweight title fight with Tony Ferguson tomorrow (Sat., Oct. 7, 2017) at UFC 216 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lee, who proclaimed that he would have to cut 19 pounds in 24 hours to make the 155 benchmark, weighed in at 156 pounds after stepping on the scale at the last second (full weigh ins replay here). After his failed attempt, Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) allotted “Motown Phenom” one additional hour to cut the final pound after doctors cleared him.

Despite weighing in at 154.5 pounds on his second attempt and making his title fight with Ferguson at UFC 216 official, the mixed martial arts (MMA) community held nothing back when discussing Lee’s struggles on the scale:

Lee will have his chance to put this potentially disastrous weight cut behind him and overthrow “El Cucuy” at UFC 216 this weekend to claim the interim lightweight strap. will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 216 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 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.