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Kevin Lee, Michael Chiesa not facing sanctions in Oklahoma for press-conference scuffle

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Kevin Lee took a swing at Michael Chiesa after Chiesa ran toward him during the UFC Summer Kickoff press conference.
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Kevin Lee and Michael Chiesa seem to be in the clear as far as discipline goes after a press-conference scuffle earlier this month.

Lee and Chiesa will not receive any sanctions from the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission (OSAC) stemming from the incident, OSAC executive director Joe Miller told MMA Fighting on Tuesday. At the time of the skirmish, neither man was licensed by the OSAC, therefore the commission has no jurisdiction to enact any kind of punishment, Miller said.

“However if they are disciplined and placed on suspension by another Commission, we will honor that suspension,” Miller wrote in an e-mail response.

Lee and Chiesa, both top UFC lightweights, will meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night 112 on June 25 in Oklahoma City. The UFC has also not mentioned publicly any punishment for either man.

The two fighters were a part of the UFC’s Summer Kickoff press conference May 12 in Dallas, before UFC 211. Lee mentioned Chiesa’s mother while talking and Chiesa took umbrage, charging over toward Lee’s part of the stage. Security stopped Chiesa from advancing close to Lee, but Lee came toward Chiesa and threw a right hand that appeared to land.

“He’s gonna headline because of me,” Lee said. “After that, he’s going back to the prelims. But I just hope he shows up, because I know his momma’s got tickets.”

Chiesa responded: “Don’t you ever talk about my f*cking mom. … I’m gonna smack the f*ck out of you right now, don’t you ever talk about my mom.”

Both men were escorted from the dais by security, but returned later for a staredown without incident.