On Saturday, it was announced by Nolan King and Farrah Hannoun that 14th-ranked welterweight Sean Brady is out of his August 28 fight against UFC Veteran Kevin Lee. It is unclear if the fight will be rescheduled to a later date, being that it was already canceled once before.
Circumstances Surrounding the Cancellation
28-year-old Sean Brady (14-0 4-0 UFC) is a rising star in the welterweight division after he reeled off four straight wins against Court McGee, Ismail Naurdiev, Christian Aguilera, and Jake Matthews. His most recent fight was complete domination of Australia’s Matthews, a fight many expected him to lose against the gritty veteran. That performance catapulted him into the welterweight rankings and turned him from a prospect to a legitimate contender in the division.
Brady says he has a “…small cut on his foot training,” which led to cellulitis in his foot. Brady informed the UFC fairly soon after, and two anonymous employees informed the media of the cancellation on Saturday. They chose to remain anonymous because the UFC has yet to make an official announcement.
The fight has been canceled once before, after Kevin Lee pulled out with a rib injury from their fight booked for July 10. The 28-year-old former interim title challenger (18-6-0 11-6-0 UFC) had his last fight at 170 pounds against Rafael dos Anjos in May of 2019. He rebounded quickly with his crushing knockout win over Gregor Gillespie that earned him a performance bonus and a win over a then-hot prospect at lightweight.
However, Lee’s last fight at lightweight was against now-champion Charles Oliveira, where he was submitted in the third round. To make matters worse, he missed weight by two and a half pounds, which drove his decision to return to 170 pounds.
Unfortunately, this fight looked to be a fantastic one to watch. It has not been announced if this fight will be rescheduled, or if Kevin Lee will remain on the August 28 card. If this happens, a fight for Sean Brady against Li Jiangling makes a lot of sense, and it will provide another force to be reckoned with in the top 10.
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