UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee

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UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee
UFC Fight Night Barboza vs. Lee event poster.jpg
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateApril 21, 2018 (2018-04-21)
VenueBoardwalk Hall
CityAtlantic City, New Jersey
Total gate$923,720[1]
Event chronology
UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington

UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee (also known as UFC Fight Night 128) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that was held on April 21, 2018, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[2]


The event marked the promotion's ninth visit to Atlantic City, the first since July 2014. The promotion last contested an event at Boardwalk Hall in June 2005.[2]

A lightweight bout between Edson Barboza and former interim UFC Lightweight Championship challenger Kevin Lee served as the event headliner.[3]

A light heavyweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn light heavyweight winner Corey Anderson and Patrick Cummins was originally scheduled for UFC 217. However, Cummins pulled out due to a staph infection.[4] The bout took place at this event.[5]

Paulo Costa was expected to face Uriah Hall at the event. However, Costa pulled out of the fight in mid-March with an arm injury.[6] In turn, promotion officials elected to pull Hall from the event and reschedule the pairing for a future event.[7]

Augusto Mendes was pulled from a bout against Merab Dvalishvilli due to a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on March 7, 2018.[8] He was replaced by promotional newcomer Ricky Simón.[9]

Former WSOF Flyweight Champion Magomed Bibulatov was expected to face Ulka Sasaki, but he pulled out a day before the event, citing back injury and the bout was cancelled.[10]

At the weigh-ins, Lee weighed in at 157 pounds, one pound over the lightweight non-title fight upper limit of 156 pounds. As a result, the bout proceeded at catchweight and Lee was fined 20% of his purse which will go to his opponent Barboza.[11] Aspen Ladd weighed in at 137.8 pounds, 1.8 pounds over the bantamweight non-title fight upper limit of 136 pounds. Ladd supposedly offered Leslie Smith an additional $5,000 on top of her 20% purse deduction. However, the fight was removed from the card after Smith refused to fight at catchweight.[12] Subsequently, the UFC paid Smith her show and win money but then released her from the promotion.[13]


Main card (Fox Sports 1)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Catchweight (157 lb) Kevin Lee def. Edson Barboza TKO (doctor stoppage) 5 2:18
Featherweight Frankie Edgar def. Cub Swanson Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Justin Willis def. Chase Sherman Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Middleweight David Branch def. Thiago Santos KO (punches) 1 2:30
Bantamweight Aljamain Sterling def. Brett Johns Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Dan Hooker def. Jim Miller KO (knee) 1 3:00
Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1)
Welterweight Ryan LaFlare def. Alex Garcia Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Ricky Simon def. Merab Dvalishvili TKO (technical submission) 3 5:00
Welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada def. Luan Chagas KO (kick to the body and punch) 2 2:40
Light Heavyweight Corey Anderson def. Patrick Cummins Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–26, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)
Welterweight Tony Martin def. Keita Nakamura Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[15]

  • Fight of the Night: Ricky Simón vs. Merab Dvalishvili
  • Performance of the Night: David Branch and Siyar Bahadurzada

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2018-04-22). "UFC Fight Night 128 draws reported 9,541 attendance for $923,720 live gate". mmajunkie.com.
  2. ^ a b Nicholas Huba (2018-02-01). "UFC coming to Boardwalk Hall on April 21". pressofatlanticcity.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  3. ^ Ariel Helwani (2018-02-23). "Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee slated for UFC Fight Night Atlantic City main event". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  4. ^ Staff (2017-10-17). "Patrick Cummins says he's off UFC 217 fight card due to 'mutant staph infection'". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  5. ^ Staff (2018-02-06). "David Branch vs. 'Marreta' Santos, Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins added to UFC-Atlantic City". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  6. ^ Staff (2018-03-13). "Biceps injury knocks Paulo Costa out of fight with Uriah Hall at UFC-Atlantic City". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  7. ^ Staff (2018-04-18). "Paulo Costa announces rebooked fight vs. Uriah Hall for UFC 226 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  8. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2018-03-20). "Augusto Mendes pulled from UFC Fight Night 128 due to potential anti-doping violation". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  9. ^ Shawn Bitter (2018-03-30). "Welcome to the UFC: Ricky Simon". mma-today.com. Retrieved 2018-03-31.
  10. ^ Staff (2018-04-20). "UFC Fight Night 128 bout canceled because of injury". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  11. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2018-04-20). "Kevin Lee misses weight for UFC Atlantic City main event bout with Edson Barboza". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  12. ^ Zane Simon (2018-04-20). "Aspen Ladd misses weight due to 'certain female circumstances,' Leslie Smith bout cancelled". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  13. ^ Steven Marrocco and John Morgan (2018-04-20). "Leslie Smith says UFC has released her, criticizes Aspen Ladd for UFC Atlantic City weigh-in miss". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  14. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  15. ^ Staff (2018-04-22). "UFC Fight Night 128 bonuses: That wacky Simon-Dvalishvili bout was 'Fight of Night'". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-22.