Drama at the UFC 216 weigh-ins, as Kevin Lee made weight at the last minute for Saturday’s interim lightweight title fight vs. Tony Ferguson.
Kevin Lee said on Thursday that he was at 174 pounds, leaving him with 19 pounds to cut to make the lightweight limit for Saturday’s UFC 216 main event vs. Tony Ferguson. Lee was the last fighter to go to the scale at Friday’s official weigh-in, and he came in at 156.
With the two-hour window already closed, it appeared as if Lee would lose his shot at the interim title. However, Lee was granted an additional hour to make the championship weight, per “Nevada State Athletic Commission rules.”
With time ticking away, “The Motown Phenom” hopped onto the scale with just minutes to go before the extended deadline, looking very drained as he weighed 154.5 lbs.
Happy he made weight. Can we stop this dumb, meaningless DANGEROUS practice though? Commissions, promoters need to act. pic.twitter.com/erfe1fY93P
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) October 6, 2017
Tony Ferguson was 155 on the nose on the first try, so tomorrow’s main event is now official. We very nearly had yet another interim title fight in which one of the competitors missed weight.
Below are the full UFC 216 weigh-in results, and you can watch the ceremonial weigh-ins at the bottom of the page at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. We will post the full official weigh-ins video later on in the day.
Main Card (PPV, 10 PM ET)
Tony Ferguson (155) vs. Kevin Lee (154.5*)
Demetrious Johnson (125) vs. Ray Borg (124)
Fabricio Werdum (247) vs. Derrick Lewis (263.5)
Mara Romero Borella (126) vs. Kalindra Faria (125)
Beneil Dariush (156) vs Evan Dunham (156)
Preliminary Card (FX, 8 PM ET)
Tom Duquesnoy (135.5) vs. Cody Stamann (136)
Bobby Green (155) vs. Lando Vannata (155.75)
Pearl Gonzalez (116) vs. Poliana Botelho (115)
Matt Schnell (126) vs. Marco Beltran (126)
Preliminary Card (Fight Pass, 6:30 PM ET)
Walt Harris (251) vs. Mark Godbeer (244.5)
John Moraga (126) vs. Magomed Bibulatov (126)
Thales Leites (185.5) vs. Brad Tavares (185.5)
Will Brooks (156) vs. Nik Lentz (Did not weigh-in)