For the second consecutive time, Dennis Hallman (Pictured) was packing far too many pounds when he tipped the scale. While the veteran missed weight by 2.5 pounds in his UFC 140 victory over John Makdessi, which caused the promotion to change the lightweight scrap to a 158.5 catchweight contest, Hallman was carrying seven extra pounds when he weighed in today.
Thiago Tavares could have agreed to keep their appointment, but ultimately – and understandably – decided his opponent would have far too much of a size advantage come Friday.
Lightweights can weigh as much as 156 pounds for non-title bouts. They must hit 155 pounds on the dot for championship affairs.
The UFC did not report whether Tavares would be paid his ‘show purse.’ In comparison to similar cases in the past, Tavares should receive his paycheck if he came in at the correct weight.
Prior to his last two forays to the scale, Hallman had been competing at welterweight. The 36-year-old fought at middleweight as recently as November 2007.
The two were slated to battle in a preliminary bout at “UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot.” The lightweight tango between Carlo Prater and Marcus LeVesseur was promoted to the FUEL TV broadcast in its place.
Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota hosts the festivities.
Here is Friday’s revised agenda:
(Facebook 4:30PM ET/1:30PM PT)
Mike Pierce vs. Aaron Simpson
(FUEL TV 5PM ET/2PM PT)
Carlo Prater vs. Marcus LeVesseur
Darren Uyenoyama vs. Phil Harris
Bart Palaszewski vs. Diego Nunes
Shane Roller vs. Jacob Volkmann
Dennis Hallman vs. Thiago Tavares (Canceled)
Danny Castillo vs. Michael Johnson
Jeremy Stephens vs. Yves Edwards
(FX 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Justin Edwards vs. Josh Neer
Jussier Formiga vs. John Dodson
Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron
Travis Browne vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva