Hardy & Commission Argue Official Weight
Prior to today’s ceremonial weigh-in’s, Bellator held the official weigh-in’s for Saturday night’s Bellator 194, and it seems that Heather Hardy and the Mohegan’s Athletic commission are at odds over how much she weighed in at.
Per MMA Fighting, Hardy officially weighed in at 126.25 pounds on Thursday morning at the Mohegan Sun casino, and per the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation director Mike Mazzulli, Hardy will be fined 20 percent of her full purse show and win money, if she’s victorious, and give it to her opponent Ana Julaton,
According to Hardy however, she was under the impression that she made weight after she got off the scale. Hardy told MMA Fighting, Mohegan did not allow Hardy to take off her bathing suit and weigh-in with a towel. This made Hardy assume that commission was giving her an “allowance” since the bikini probably weighed about that much, rather than having her strip down.
“But I did make the weight,” Hardy told MMA Fighting. “I was two ounces over and they gave me the allowance for the bikini top and bottom without making me strip in front of he room.”
Mazzulli said that Hardy must have been “confused,” and that he didn’t want her to strip down or have the extra two hours to cut, due to Hardy being severely dehydrated on the scale and wanted her to begin rehydrating immediately.
“She wasn’t even speaking to me on the scale,” Mazzulli told MMA Fighting. “I was concerned about her health and safety. I wasn’t going to put her on the scale with no clothes on and I certainly wasn’t going to let her continue cutting weight.”
Hardy said she didn’t think there were any issues of the sort.
“I was backstage after the weigh-in hydrating and doing interviews for like an hour after,” she said. … “When they allowed me to go without stripping and cleared me for 126, I thought this was done.”
Hardy and Julaton’s fight on Saturday is the first of two, as both active boxers will compete in a boxing match against each other on a date and at a location to be determined following their MMA matchup.
“Right now, I have to focus on my fight,” Hardy said. “I’ll let Ana and her team worry about the fact that I wasn’t stripped naked to make my weight and take 20 percent of my pay that they feel they deserve.
“It’s too petty to worry about. But now, I’m really going to hit her like she owes me money.”
A request for comment from Julaton’s team was not immediately returned Thursday.