UFC: Jordan Mein's father barred from UFC Fight Night 49 after arrest
TULSA – Following his arrest in Tulsa on Friday night, the father of UFC Fight Night 49 co-main event fighter Jordan Mein has been barred from attending his son’s fight.
James Lee Mein, 47, of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, was arrested Friday afternoon in Tulsa. Police records show the time of the arrest was just prior to Jordan Mein’s appearance at the BOK Center for the official weigh-ins for UFC Fight Night 49, which takes place tonight at the same venue. News of Lee Mein’s arrest first came via Twitter from Beau Taylor of the Tulsa Voice.
Lee Mein was arrested and charged with sexual battery at 3:30 p.m., booked at 5:59 p.m., and was released early Saturday after posting $2,000 bond, police records show.
In a statement released to MMAjunkie on Saturday, the UFC said Lee Mein, Jordan Mein’s chief coach and cornerman, will not be allowed to attend his son’s fight against Mike Pyle – and also gave some details into what Lee Mein is accused of.
“We were made aware that James Lee Mein, father of UFC competitor Jordan Mein, was arrested on allegations of felony sexual assault,” the statement reads. “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.”
The UFC’s host hotel in Tulsa is the Hyatt Regency, two blocks from BOK Center. Lee Mein was present with Jordan Mein on Thursday during an open workout session for the media and fans at the Hyatt Regency, where he helped coach his son through a short workout before the fighter met with the media.
A court date of Aug. 29 has been set for Lee Mein, who himself is a fighter in the heavyweight division. With a record of 6-13, he has dropped four of his past five fights, including one in February at WSOF Canada to former UFC fighter Tim Hague. He’s shared the cage with the likes of Rolles Gracie, James McSweeney, Jeff Monson, Dan Severn and Krzysztof Soszynski, all stoppage losses.
Jordan Mein (28-9 MMA, 2-1 UFC) meets Pyle (26-9-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC) in the UFC Fight Night 49 co-feature, which airs on FOX Sports 1. His fight with Pyle came after each of them had opponents drop out earlier this month.
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