UFC 168: Brandao Fined 25% for Missing Weight, Fight with Poirier Still on

Duane FinleyContributor IDecember 28, 2013

Dec 27, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA;   Dustin Poirier (left) and Diego Brandao face off for their UFC Featherweight Bout on December 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Diego Brandao didn't just miss his mark at Friday's weigh-ins for UFC 168—he nearly came in at a different weight class.

The winner of the 14th installment of The Ultimate Fighter tipped the scales at 153 pounds, which is far from the 145-pound limit set for bouts taking place in the featherweight division, and just two pounds shy of coming in at the next highest weight class. While there is a one-pound tolerance for non-title bouts, Brandao's registered weight was far from that particular allotment.

His opponent, Dustin Poirier, was none too pleased with the Jackson's MMA fighter showing up to the official weigh-ins grossly over the limit, and vocalized his anger during their stare down. When fighters miss weight, they are given an hour to drop the additional poundage. Brandao made a brief effort to get down to the mark, but his final weight was marked as 151.5, and the situation became official.

By missing weight, the 26-year-old will forfeit 25 percent of his fight purse, half of which goes to Poirier and the other half to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Another element of a fighter missing weight is the opponent's option to decline the fight, but Poirier decided to let things roll, and the two men will kick off the pay-per-view portion of the card on Saturday night.

The rocky turn of events shifts what should have been a great opportunity for Brandao into a negative realm. The heavy-handed Brazilian has collected three consecutive victories inside the Octagon and has won four of his five showings under the UFC banner. The bout against Poirier at UFC 168 was set to feature two of the best prospects at 145 pounds, and now the fight will come with a certain degree of negative attention.

Check out the full UFC 168 weigh-in video and stay tuned for continued coverage of the event here at Bleacher Report.


Duane Finley is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report.