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Kevin Lee injured, out of upcoming fight against Sean Brady at UFC 264

Kevin Lee
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

A highly anticipated welterweight fight at UFC 264 has been scrapped after Kevin Lee suffered an injury that has forced him out of his upcoming bout against Sean Brady.

Brady revealed the news on Instagram with additional sources confirming the news to MMA Fighting on Thursday.

“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.”

In a separate statement provided to MMA Fighting, Brady added that he wasn’t interested in facing a replacement opponent at UFC 264 and preferred to 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 returning to action for the first time in 16 months after suffering a torn ACL in his knee that required major surgery. Just three months after that initial surgery, Lee was forced to go back under the knife for an ACL replacement in his opposite knee.

Eleven months later, Lee was anticipating his return while also making the move to the welterweight division but it appears he’ll have to wait longer now to book his next fight.

According to sources, Lee suffered a rib injury in training that forced him out of his upcoming fight but it’s not expected to keep him sidelined for an extended period of time.

UFC 264 will be headlined by a trilogy bout between lightweights Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor at the top of the card with the event taking place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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