Kevin Lee and Michael Chiesa engage in on-stage scrap at UFC Summer Kickoff presser

Things got heated between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee at UFC Summer Kickoff Press Conference. Check it out:— (@MMAFighting) May 12, 2017…

By: Stephie Haynes | 6 years ago
Kevin Lee and Michael Chiesa engage in on-stage scrap at UFC Summer Kickoff presser
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The UFC just wrapped its “UFC Summer Kickoff” press conference a few minutes ago, and boy oh boy, it was a doozy. Amid insults, trash-talking, mean-mugging and middle-finger throwing, an actual fight broke out between two lightweights in attendance.

Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee were engaged in some banter when things took an ugly turn when the word “momma” escaped Lee’s lips.

“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 went absolutely nuclear in his response: “Don’t you ever talk about my f*cking mom. … I’m gonna smack the f*ck out of your right now, don’t you ever talk about my mom.” (H/T to for the transcribed quotes)

After that, Chiesa threw down the mic and charged at Kevin Lee like an angry bull. Security managed to catch him before he could make it all the way to Lee. During the attempts to keep Chiesa contained, Lee managed to jump right over the security guy with an overhand right that appeared to land on the mulleted Washingtonian.

Both men were escorted out of the conference area, and Lee immediately took to Twitter to hash out the event in his own words:

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Stephie Haynes
Stephie Haynes

Stephie Haynes has been covering MMA since 2005. She has also worked for MMA promotion Proelite and apparel brand TapouT. She hosted TapouT’s official radio show for four years before joining Bloody Elbow in 2012. She has interviewed everyone there is to interview in the fight game from from Dana White to Conor McGregor to Kimbo Slice, as well as mainstream TV, film and music stars including Norman Reedus, RZA and Anthony Bourdain. She has been producing the BE podcast network since 2017 and hosts four of its current shows.

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