It may sound like an odd question, but when news broke of Jordan Mein’s father’s arrest Friday night, many speculated whether the event would negatively impact his performance at UFC Fight Night 49 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Making matters worse for the Canadian fighter his father, Lee Mein, who was also Jordan Mein’s chief coach and cornerman was subsequently banned by UFC officials from attending the event due to the allegations of sexual assault resulting in his arrest.
In a statement from the UFC given to MMA Junkie, “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 [the Hyatt Regency] 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 isn’t surprising the UFC would exhibit a low tolerance policy on such behavior, especially after the most recent scandal presented by former UFC and recent but since released Bellator fighter “War Machine”. Dana White himself had been frustrated by the media relating the scandal to UFC by mere mention alone. That being said, the question of how this would impact Jordan Mein during his bout with Mike Pyle was answered with a quick 1st round victory for Mein taking out Pyle with a swift TKO.
Police records show that Lee Mein was arrested and charged with sexual battery at 3:30 p.m. Friday, booked at 5:59 p.m., and was then released early Saturday after posting $2,000 bond.
Some might conclude that it is a fighter’s nature to “roll with the punches” and despite this recent embarrassment, for now, Jordan Mein may take some comfort in his victory. The fight his father must face, however, is just beginning.
An Aug. 29 court date has been set for Lee Mein father.