As the clock ticked away the Friday before UFC 216, media members in attendance, fans watching live online, and UFC officials and Nevada State Athletic Commission members waited with bated breath. Everyone’s eyes collectively fixed on the scale as the “Motown Phenom” Kevin Lee emerged with seconds remaining to weigh in. The generally confident Lee stepped on the scale and looked dejected as NSAC executive director Bob Bennett read the scale at 156-pounds.
With Lee a mere one pound over the lightweight championship limit of 155-pounds, Bennett announced Lee had an additional hour to cut the final pound. While the media, fans, and surely the UFC breathed a sigh of relief, Lee knew it meant another hour of strenuous weight cutting. During a recent appearance on Chael Sonnen’s “You’re Welcome!” podcast, Lee described his grueling 21-pound weight cut.