Andrea Lee lost on Saturday night – and her corner may have lost some respect in the MMA community.
In the featured preliminary bout at UFC Vegas 54, Lee went three rounds with Viviane Araujo in a thrilling flyweight contest that ended with Araujo winning a unanimous decision. Between rounds, however, Lee’s trainer Tony Kelley was filmed accusing Araujo of cheating and saying, “That’s what they’re going to do. They’re fucking Brazilians. They will cheat like that.
See a snippet of Kelley’s comments below:
“That’s what they’re going to do. They’re fucking Brazilians. They will f****** cheat like that. Guess what? We came to fuck someone.
It’s unclear what potential offense Kelley was accusing Araujo of.
Unsurprisingly, as Kelley’s comments spread across social media, fighters were quick to pick up on them and criticize the UFC bantamweight for his offensive statement. Bellator featherweight champion Cris Cyborg and top UFC welterweight Gilbert Burns were among them, as was Kelley’s next opponent on June 18, Adrian Yanez.
Find out what the pros had to say about the incident here.
I don’t like to talk about bad corners, it’s not an easy job, but Lee corner needs a lot of study to do #UFCVegas54
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) May 15, 2022
I already wanted a finish, but now it will be more satisfying.
— Adrian Yanez (@yanezmma) May 15, 2022
Ok that corner job was terrible Lee keep dating racists
– Belal Muhammad (ly bullyb170) May 15, 2022