The fighters for UFC 200 weighed in early Friday morning in Las Vagas, with all fighters making weight except for Johny Hendricks. Hendricks, who struggled to make the welterweight limit in the past, came in at 171.25 pounds and missing the limit by a quarter pound. He will be fined and a portion of his purse that will go to his opponent Kelvin Gastelum. All other fighters on the UFC 200 made weight although a few seemed to struggle, including women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate who almost missed the 10am cut off and Daniel Cormier who seemed a little drawn out.
Tate had to disrobe completely as she stepped on the scale with coach and boyfriend Bryan Caraway there to assist and Tate weighed 134.5 pounds, making her fight with Amanda Nunes official.
If Tate had missed the 10am cut off time for being on the scales, she would have been pulled from the card entirely and her fight with Nunes would have been cancelled. If she arrived and missed weight, the bout would have been turned into a non-title affair. In this case, neither happened because Tate arrived on time and made championship weight for the fight.
Tate’s coach Robert Follis told Submission Radio that the weight cut didn’t happen as easily as it had happened in the past.
“It was just a little bit tougher than we’re used to, but it wasn’t outrageous,” Follis said.
“It just took a little bit longer than what we’re used to. Just her body wasn’t letting the water go as well as it normally does. But it wasn’t a big deal, either.
“We planned for a title fight and obviously missing it was a big deal. We were confident we were gonna make it, but you never know until you get on the official scale.
“Our scale said we were on and we were waiting to get on the official one, make sure there wasn’t any discrepancy.”
Tate’s partner Bryan Caraway also elaborated on the situation with Bloody Elbow: “She doesn’t like waking up super early and they have a two-hour window from 8-10am for weigh-ins, so we decided to sleep a little more and weigh-in at 10,” he said.
“Plus, we figured everyone else would be done by then. Her weight was moving a little slower than usual and our scale ended up being a little bit heavier than the official scale.”
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