Saturday’s highly-anticipated shootout between Matt Brown (pictured) and Robbie Lawler lost a lot of steam during Friday’s weigh-ins when Brown came in 1.5 pounds heavy.
There was plenty of confusion following Brown’s fiasco on the scale. He was granted one additional hour to make 171 pounds, the maximum allowed for a non-title welterweight affair.
According to UFC president Dana White, the California State Athletic Commission wouldn’t allow Brown a second attempt on the scale and that he would not be fined 20 of his purse (10 percent to Lawler and 10 percent to the commission) because he had every intent on shedding the weight. However, UFC announcer Jon Anik subsequently reported on Fox Sports 1’s weigh-ins show that Brown declined to re-weigh and that he would be docked.
White then said the CSAC “messed up” and Brown wouldn’t be fined because of the “miscommunication.”
Juliana Lima came in one pound heavy for her strawweight fight against Joanna Jedrzejczyk. However, Lima will be penalized because there was no miscommunication with her and she failed to make weight on her second try.
In any event, White says Brown’s inability to hit the mark won’t affect the stakes in tomorrow’s main event. Therefore, a victorious Brown or Lawler will still get next dibs at Johny Hendricks’ welterweight crown.
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