NYC was expecting the UFC to be in town Saturday for their long awaited Broadway premiere. Instead, they were treated to a complete circus.
The UFC once again conducted an early weigh-ins for this historic event, so all of the fighters’ official weights have already been registered. However, you can stream the ceremonial weigh-ins live right here on 5thRound.com starting at 6PM ET/3PM PT.
Former UFC welterweight top contender Thiago Alves (pictured) ignited the chaos by missing weight for his lightweight debut against Jim Miller by a whopping 6.6 pounds. Alves weighed 162.6 pounds, 6.6 pounds over the 156-pound limit for a non-title lightweight affair.
Because the New York State Athletic Commission requires opponents to be within five pounds of each other, Miller guzzled down some fluids and bloated back up to 157.6 pounds. They will now compete in a 163-pound catchweight contest.
Alves will be docked 20 percent of his show purse, which goes directly to Miller. Miller will not be fined. Alves will not be allowed to weigh more than 173 pounds before tomorrow’s fight.
Kelvin Gastelum served up the next blunder. The former “The Ultimate Fighter 17” winner didn’t even bother tipping the scale because he was so far off. He fired off a couple of tweets during weigh-ins to announce his welterweight bout with Donald Cerrone was canceled because he was far too heavy … again.
I will not be fighting @Cowboycerrone 2morrow on account that I couldn't make the wght limit. I apologize 2 cowboy ure a legend. God bless.
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) November 11, 2016
Of course, this isn’t the first time Gastelum has had issues on the scale. He missed weight on two previous occasions in the UFC, which made UFC president Dana White force him to move up to middleweight for a few fights.
Cerrone will receive his show money.
The drama didn’t end there. Out of nowhere, middleweight contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza was called up from the bullpen to weigh-in. He was brought to New York on the down low as an alternate given the enormity of the event. He clocked 189 pounds on the scale.
Oh, did I mention Souza came out of the blue after the UFC staff initially informed the media to pack up because the weigh-ins were over?
Tim Kennedy, who was originally slated to fight Rashad Evans on Saturday before Evans was pulled after his medicals weren’t approved, weigh-in at 185.6. There were rumblings that Kennedy and Souza would slide into the vacancy left in the lineup courtesy of Gastelum, but the UFC decided against the last-second scrap.
The pay-per-view broadcast will now go forward with five bouts instead of the bonus sixth fight that the UFC doesn’t typically offer on PPV.
The three title tilts, however, will go on without a hitch as all six of those fighters hit their respective marks, including lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor, who headline Saturday’s extravaganza inside Madison Square Garden.
Here are the official weigh-in results for UFC 205:
(UFC Fight Pass 7PM ET/4PM PT)
Liz Carmouche (134.8) vs. Katlyn Chookagian (135)
Thiago Alves (162.6)* vs. Jim Miller (157.6)
(Fox Sports 1 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Vicente Luque (170.6) vs. Belal Muhammad (170)
Tim Boetsch (185.4) vs. Rafael Natal (185.4)
Michael Johnson (155.8) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (155.8)
Frankie Edgar (145.4) vs. Jeremy Stephens (145.8)
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Raquel Pennington (135.8) vs. Miesha Tate (135.6)
Yoel Romero (185.6) vs. Chris Weidman (185.8)
Donald Cerrone (170.4)+ vs. Kelvin Gastelum (n/a)+
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (114.4) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (114.4 – UFC strawweight champion)
Stephen Thompson (169) vs. Tyron Woodley (169.8 – UFC welterweight champion)
Conor McGregor (154.4) vs. Eddie Alvarez (154.6 – UFC lightweight champion)
* – Alves fined 20 percent of his purse, which goes to Miller, for missing weight.
+ – Fight canceled after Gastelum declined to weigh-in