Brazilian Commission Issues Weigh-In Correction
A correction regarding the weigh-ins for UFC Sao Paulo had to be issued yesterday afternoon by the Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA).
Three fighters — Tracy Cortez, Vanessa Melo and Isabella de Padua — all came in over the weight limits for their respective bouts. Cortez and Melo, who face each other at the event, came in at 136.5, a half-pound over the bantamweight limit (keep in mind all non-title fights are given a one-pound allowance above the normal weight limit, 135 in this case). De Pauda, who accepted her fight on just hours’ notice, came in four pounds over the women’s flyweight limit.
Originally, at the weigh-ins, UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard announced that neither Cortez nor Melo would be fined due to the equal miss for their fight. However, that is no longer in play, as CABMMA has announced both Cortez and Melo actually did make the 136 limit.
According to a statement from CABMMA, the scale used when the three women weighed in was not calibrated correctly. Their weights were adjusted accordingly, though De Pauda still missed weight and is still fined 30 percent of her purse.
Read the full statement from CABMMA below:
CABMMA reviewed the incident between the athletes Vanessa Melo and Tracy Cortez. Both were checked by the commission with 20 minutes left to the ending time of the official weigh-ins. Scale used by the commission was 0.7lbs above the official scale, which indicated that the athletes could not lose any more weight in the remaining time. Athletes were then withdrawn from the cutting process.
CABMMA physicians evaluated the athletes and considered both in well conditions but were not given the extra hour, which per guideline is only for main event and title bouts.
Considering the fact that (i) fighters were checked in a scale which was not calibrated as the official one; (ii) commission was misguided by the wrong weight and conducted their guideline on an incorrect data; and (iii) since the difference between the scales was off by 0.7lbs and both athletes made the exact weight on the official scale, CABMMA will consider their official weight as 136lbs.
In that sense, the athletes will not suffer any fine (or) penalty, and have their records maintained. To CABMMA’s understanding, weight classes are designed for safety and fairness, not a strict rule that prevents these goals.
Original Story: MMAJunkie