Rafael Alves Misses Weight for UFC Fight Night Bout by Record 11.5 Pounds

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2021

Fighters battle without spectators during a UFC 249 mixed martial arts bout, Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Featherweight fighter Rafael Alves came nowhere close to making weight Friday for his scheduled UFC Fight Night bout against Patrick Sabatini on Saturday. 

According to ESPN's Marc Raimondi, Alves weighed in at 157.5 lbs., putting him 11.5 lbs. over the featherweight limit. That marked the biggest weight miss in UFC history.

As a result, Alves vs. Sabatini has been removed from the UFC Fight Night card.

Per Raimondi, Alves apologized for missing weight on his Instagram story and said it was a result of becoming ill during his weight cut.

Alves is a 30-year-old native of Brazil with a 19-9 record as a professional MMA fighter. Saturday would have marked his second UFC fight, as he previously competed in Dana White's Contender Series, beating Alejandro Flores by submission last year.

Sabatini, 30, is from Bristol, Pennsylvania, and would have been making his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night.

He has primarily fought for the Cage Fury Fighting Championships promotion and owns a career professional record of 13-3.

Raimondi noted that Ketlen Viera, Jared Gordon and Drako Rodriguez all missed weight as well, however, their fights will still go on as scheduled with those fighters submitting percentages of their purses to their opponents.

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The scheduled main event for UFC Fight Night is a heavyweight bout between Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis.

Both Blaydes and Lewis made weight, meaning their fight will occur as scheduled as well.