UFC 246 is only a day away, which means fighters have cut the weight that they needed to and have officially weighed-in for their bout. However, one fighter on the main card missed their divisional limit by 5.5 pounds.
Alexa Grasso fights in the women’s strawweight division, which has a weight limit of 115 pounds. When fighters weigh-in for their bout, they can weigh up to 116 pounds to make up for scale error — Grasso weighed-in at 121.5 pounds.
UFC 246 takes place January 18 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time. It will air as a pay-per-view on ESPN+.
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Nevada Has Decided to Cancel the Main Card Bout Between Grasso and Gadelha
Grasso’s opponent Claudia Gadelha made the strawweight limit, weighing-in at 115.5 pounds. The State of Nevada has decided to cancel the bout between the two women because the weight disparity between them was too significant.
Nevada only allows a 3-pound weight difference between strawweight fighters, and in this case, there is a 6-pound difference. Grasso and Gadelha were scheduled as the second match on the UFC 246 main card.
This story is still developing. It is unclear if Gadelha will receive her fight purse from the UFC. It also hasn’t been announced which fight will move from the preliminary card to the main card.
As reported by Ariel Helwani from ESPN, Gadelha accepted the fight against Grasso after she missed weight. The stipulation was that Grasso would forfeit 30% of her purse to Gadelha. But, because of the significant weight disparity between the two, Nevada canceled the bout anyways.
Both women are ranked in the top 15 of the women’s strawweight division. Gadelha sits at #6 and Grasso at #11.
This Is Not the First Time Alexa Grasso Has Missed Weight
This is not the first time in her UFC career that Grasso has missed the strawweight divisional weight limit. In August 2017, she missed weight by three pounds for her fight against Randa Markos. Grasso weighed-in at 119 pounds.
Markos decided to fight Grasso anyways, which awarded her 20% of Grasso’s purse. They served as the co-main event for UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno, and Grasso was victorious via split decision.
UFC 246 Is Only a Day Away
The two have a storied history. And although the build up to this fight has been very respectful, both fighters have promised to put on a show for the fans.
The co-main event features former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm fighting Raquel “Rocky’ Pennington in a rematch. The two fought for the first time back in 2015, with Holm winning the bout by split decision.