LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie was on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC 200 fighter weigh-ins. And what a tense scene it was.
The festivities, which preceded tonight’s unofficial ceremony, took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The same venue hosts Saturday’s event, which has a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Because early weigh-ins were adopted for this event, all fighters had to formally weigh in by 1 p.m. ET (10 am. PT). Women’s bantamweight champion and headliner champion Miesha Tate (18-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC) made the deadline without a minute to spare and successfully weighed 134.5 pounds. Opponent Amanda Nunes (12-4 MMA, 5-1 UFC) weighed 135 earlier in the morning.
Had Tate not weighed in during the allotted time, the fight would’ve been pulled from the card, a spokesperson told MMAjunkie. Had she missed weight, the bout would’ve been a non-title affair.
However, though Kelvin Gastelum (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) successfully made weight at the deadline, his opponent, Johny Hendricks (17-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC), didn’t. The former welterweight champ weighed 171.25 pounds – a quarter pound over the 171-pound limit – and has been fined 20 percent of his purse.
The complete UFC 200 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
- Champ Miesha Tate (134.5) vs. Amanda Nunes (135) – for women’s bantamweight title
- Mark Hunt (264.5) vs. Brock Lesnar (265.5)
- Champ Daniel Cormier (206) vs. Anderson Silva (198.5) – non-title bout
- Jose Aldo (145) vs. Frankie Edgar (144.5) – for interim featherweight title
- Travis Browne (244) vs. Cain Velasquez (242.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
- Julianna Pena (135.5) vs. Cat Zingano (135.5)
- Kelvin Gastelum (171) vs. Johny Hendricks (171.25)*
- Raphael Assuncao (135.5) vs. T.J. Dillashaw (136)
- Enrique Marin (156) vs. Sage Northcutt (156)
* – Missed weight; fined 20 percent of purse
- Joe Lauzon (156) vs. Diego Sanchez (155)
- Gegard Mousasi (185.5) vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos (186)
- Takanori Gomi (156) vs. Jim Miller (155.5)
From the outside looking in, UFC women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate's early weigh-in ahead of her UFC 200 main event fight against Amanda Nunes did not go too smoothly. Tate had absolutely no time to spare when she finally arrived at the weigh-in room at exactly the 10:00 am deadline. If she had been even just one minute late, her fight would have been pulled from UFC 200 and she would have been stripped of her UFC championship. But everything ended up working out well, as she made weight at 134.5 pounds and her title fight is now official for Saturday night.
After the drama-filled sequence of events came to a close, Tate's boyfriend and current UFC bantamweight contender Bryan Caraway explained the near-weigh-in fiasco to BloodyElbow.com. Although Tate planned to arrive later than most fighters, she did indeed experience a harsher-than-usual weight cut, according to Caraway.
"She doesn't like waking up super early and they have a two hour window from 8:00-10:00 am for weigh-ins, so we decided to sleep a little more and weigh-in at 10:00," he said. "Plus, we figured everyone else would be done by then. Her weight was moving a little slower than usual and our scale ended up being a little bit heavier than the official scale."
Tate's coach, Rob Follis told SB Nation's Submission Radio the same thing.
"We don't like wasting time," he said. "You manage that commotion. This isn't the first time we've been close with fighters. It happens. Cutting weight is not a science -- it's an art. Sometimes things change a little bit. It took a little bit longer to get it off, but we knew we were going to get it off. We went in and got the job done, and here we are, we're fighting for the title. Now it's all done.
"It was just a little bit tougher than we we're used to. It wasn't outrageous, it just took a little bit longer than we're used to. Her body wasn't letting the water go as well as it normally does. But it wasn't a big deal, either."
Follis also added his thoughts on the new early weigh-in procedure, which has been highly praised since it was first used by the UFC at UFC 199 last month.
"It's great for the fighters," he said. "I've actually been talking about this for years and years. 'Why aren't we weighing-in earlier and doing a mock weigh-in?' If we truly care about the fighters, let's get them on weight, let's get them on the scale, get them re-hydrated, give them longer to let their bodies to re-acclimate. I think this is wonderful the commission, the UFC has pushed for this to happen. It's going to be great for the fighters in the long run."