After Kevin Lee suffered an injury that forced him out of his forthcoming match against Sean Brady, a highly anticipated welterweight fight at UFC 264 has been canceled.
On Thursday, more sources confirmed the news to MMA Fighting. Brady announced the news on Instagram, with additional sources confirming the news to MMA Fighting.
“Unfortunately I will not be fighting Kevin Lee July 10,” Brady wrote. “From my understanding he has suffered an injury and had to pull out of the fight. My team is hoping to rebook the fight for August.”
Brady said in a statement to MMA Fighting that he didn’t want to fight a replacement opponent at UFC 264 and would rather wait for Lee or another top-15 ranked opponent to become available.
“I’m gonna hit the refresh,” Brady said. “I want a top-15 [opponent], or to be rebooked with Lee. We will see what comes out of it.”
Lee was playing for the first time in 16 months after undergoing significant surgery to repair a ruptured ACL in his knee. Lee had to go under the knife for an ACL replacement in his opposite knee just three months after his initial operation.
Lee was looking forward to making his comeback and moving up to the welterweight class eleven months later, but it looks like he’ll have to wait even longer now.
According to insiders, Lee suffered a rib injury in training that forced him to withdraw from his forthcoming fight, but the injury isn’t expected to keep him out for long.
The event will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will feature a trilogy contest between lightweights Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor at the top of the bill.