Eryk Anders is scheduled to compete against former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida in the main event on UFC Fight Night Belem on Saturday night (Feb. 3, 2018) inside Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Brazil. But on Friday morning, Anders had difficulties making 185 pounds for the bout.
Eryk Anders, an undefeated middleweight up-and-comer came in at 187.9 pounds on his first attempt for his main middleweight bout against former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, who was 186.
Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) granted Anders an additional hour to make weight since he was the headliner. Anders was able to drop the two pounds in time and came in at 186 on his second attempt, as per MMAFighting.com.
Lyoto Machida is looking to end a three-fight losing streak in his native country opposite one of the hottest prospects in UFC.
Well, that’s not all.
Two other fighters also had difficulties with making weight. Pedro Munhoz missed the bantamweight limit for his co-main event against two-time flyweight title challenger, John Dodson by four pounds, coming in at 140, while Dodson made it easy 135 pounds.
News just came via MMAFighting, Dodson has decided not to take the fight as his opponent fail to make even weight.
Michel Prazeres was also over the lightweight mark at 161. Both fighters were fined 20-percent of their purses, payable to their opponents.
Depois de 50 minutos, Anders bate 84,4 e a luta principal eu confirmada pic.twitter.com/bb5QCFIJAI
— Ana Hissa (@AnaHissa) February 2, 2018
#UFCBelem official weigh-ins
Posted by MMA Fighting on Friday, February 2, 2018
If both fighters Munhoz and Prazeres scores a victory on Saturday night, they also would forfeit 20 percent of their win bonuses to their opponents.
Update on UFC Belem fines: CABMMA has the right to take 10%, but decided not to, so Dodson and Green will full 20% (if the fights happen, it's not decided yet). If they lose to Munhoz and Prazeres, they will receive extra 20% from their opponents’ win money. Great move by CABMMA.
— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) February 2, 2018
Check out the full weigh-in results below.
UFC Fight Night 125 Main Event (FS1)
185 lbs.: Lyoto Machida (186) vs. Eryk Anders (186**)
UFC Fight Night 125 Main Card (FS1)
135 lbs: John Dodson (135) vs. Pedro Munoz (140*)
125 lbs: Priscila Cachoeira (126) vs. Valentina Shevchenko (125)
155 lbs: Desmond Green (156) vs. Michel Prazeres (161*)
265 lbs: Marcelo Golm (247) vs. Timothy Johnson (263)
185 lbs: Thiago Santos (185) vs. Anthony Smith (186)
UFC Fight Night 125 Prelims (FS1)
170 lbs: Tim Means (171) vs. Sergio Moraes (171)
155 lbs: Damir Hadzovic (156) vs. Alan Patrick (156)
135 lbs: Douglas de Andrade (135) vs. Marlon Vera (136)
135 lbs: Iuri Alcantara (136) vs. Joe Soto (135)
UFC Fight Night 125 Fight Prelims
125 lbs: Deiveson Figueiredo (126) vs. Joseph Morales (126)
115 lbs: Polyana Viana (116) vs. Maia Stevenson (116)