Kevin Lee’s move up to welterweight is now official after his first fight in the division against Sean Brady was confirmed for UFC 264 on July 10th.
Lee had recently announced his plans to move up a weight class after failing to make the lightweight limit for his last fight against Charles Oliveira, which he went on to lose by a third round submission.
That wasn’t Lee’s first weight-cut miss at 155lbs, and together with the fact that he’d only picked up two wins from his last six Octagon outings, the 28-year-old former interim title challenger has made the decision to change things up and try his luck at 170lbs.
His divisional debut comes against the undefeated Brady, who has compiled a perfect 14-0 record so far, including four wins in a row since joining the UFC in 2019.
Along the way he’s defeated the likes of Court McGee, Ismail Naurdiev, Christian Aguilera and most recently Jake Matthews to secure the No.13 spot on the welterweight rankings heading into this fight.
Lee vs. Brady joins a UFC 264 card that will be headlined by one of the biggest fights of the year as Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor complete their trilogy of fights, while Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson also features on the pay-per-view portion of the line-up.