Crawford-Molina Jr. Now a Non-Title Bout
Dec. 10 is a huge day in the world of combat sports, but both UFC 206 and Bellator 168 lost their original main events due to injury, and one of the new main event participants for UFC 206 failed to make weight.
And now, another hit to the big day.
The WBC and WBO super lightweight championship bout between champion Terence Crawford and challenger John Molina Jr. scheduled for tomorrow night will now be a non-title fight. Molina Jr. weighed in four pounds over the 140-pound weight limit.
Molina originally weighed in at 144, but had two hours to cut the weight down. Unfortunately for him, those two hours did him nothing, as he weighed in just 0.6 pounds less on his second attempt.
Negotiations then occurred between Crawford and his promoters at Top Rank, and Molina and his advisor Al Haymon in an attempt to keep the fight alive. After about another two hours, the fight was saved. The following conditions are in play: there are no restrictions on how much Molina can weigh on Saturday, the fight is now a non-title contest and Molina had to pay the champion an undisclosed amount from the six-figure purse.
"It took some work," Top Rank Vice President of Boxing Operations Carl Moretti told BoxingScene. "but we got to a number that Crawford was satisfied with."
Molina (via Fight News) said the following: "I apologize to the fans, no excuses I should’ve made the weight, by no mistake did we not prepare. My body just rejected the cut. Everyone knows me, I’ve never missed weight before. From me to you, as a Nebraskan, I apologize. We did everything the same in camp, prepared just like the Provodnikov fight. My body just can’t make 140 any longer. I’m 33 years old now and I squeezed every drop out but my body just would cooperate. I take full consequences and I will give 100% tomorrow night, the fans will definitely get their money’s worth."