UFC welterweight Jordan Mein is set to take on Mike Pyle on the main card of UFC Fight Night 49 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but he will have to step into the Octagon with a huge distraction thanks to his father, Lee.
Reports surfaced late Friday night that Lee Mein was arrested prior to the UFC Fight Night 49 weigh-ins and that was confirmed on Saturday morning.
Mein was arrested on a charge of sexual battery, according to a police report from Tulsa County.
After posting $2,000 bond, Mein was released.
However, Mein will not be able to attend tonight’s event at the BOK Center.
The UFC released a statement to MMAFighting.com providing some further detail on the incident which led to Mein’s arrest. According to the UFC, Mein is accused of sexually assaulting a housekeeper at the fighter hotel in Tulsa.
The statement read:
We were made aware that James Lee Mein, father of UFC competitor Jordan Mein, was arrested yesterday on allegations of felony sexual assault. Mr. Mein is accused of sexually assaulting a housekeeper at the UFC’s host hotel in Tulsa, Okla.
The UFC finds the allegations against Mr. Mein deplorable and we fully support local law enforcement in its investigation. The UFC is also prohibiting Mr. Mein from attending tonight’s event should he post bail.
Jordan Mein will remain on tonight’s card.
It is very unfortunate that Jordan Mein will have to deal with this kind of distraction heading into such a big fight, so it will be interesting to see whether or not it has an impact on his performance.
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