Kevin Lee has been forced out of his upcoming fight against Sean Brady at UFC 264 after suffering a rib injury in training.
“Unfortunately I will not be fighting Kevin Lee July 10,” Brady revealed on Instagram. “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. Thank you to all my family friends and fans who support me this is just a speed bump on my journey to being champ 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻.”
This had been set to be a pivotal moment in Lee’s career as he was not only coming back to action for the first time in 16 months after two major ACL surgeries, but was also moving up to welterweight following mixed results at 155lbs in recent years.
He’d not been given an easy fight for his comeback though as Brady holds a perfect 14-0 record, including four wins in the UFC so far.
Nevertheless, despite his injury layoff, Lee appears to be thinking along the same lines as Brady in terms of opting to just push the fight back a month, suggesting that UFC 265 on August 7th could be a likely landing spot for it if he’s healed up by that stage.
With Lee and Brady out of UFC 264, the event still has plenty to offer, including one of the biggest fights of the year in the headliner as Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor complete their trilogy of fights, while former welterweight title challengers Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson lock horns in the co-main event.