Despite two tries, Diego Brandao misses weight badly for UFC 168
Diego Brandao stepped on the scale with exhilaration on his
face. His arms were outstretched, his face was calm, a common
reaction after days of cutting weight. He was finished with the
But then Nevada state athletic commission executive director
Keith Kizer read off the number.
“One-fifty-three,” he said.
In a blink, Brandao’s face wore confusion, as if he had no
idea that was about to happen. Even with a one-pound allowance, he
was seven pounds past the featherweight cutoff. After his opponent
Dustin Poirier weighed in and hit 146, the American angrily yelled
at him as they faced each other for the customary faceoff.
Afterward, he went back and cut another 1.5 pounds for a final
weight of 151.5, but it wasn’t nearly enough. According to
UFC officials, he’ll be fined 25 percent of his purse. Half
of it will be awarded to his UFC 168 opponent Poirier, the other
half will go to the state commission.
There was no immediate word on what caused him to miss so badly.
Brandao had never had any previous trouble with making the
division’s limit, and had actually been praised for some
newfound self-discipline in his fight style that was believed to
have woven its way into his pre-fight preparation as well.
Brandao (18-8) comes into the fight riding a three-fight win
streak, with victories over Daniel Pineda, Pablo Garza and Joey
Gambino. The 26-year-old, a season 14 winner of The Ultimate
Fighter, is 4-1 overall in the UFC.
Poirier (14-3) is coming off a decision win over Erik Koch in
All 21 of the other fighters on the promotion’s year-end
card made weight, including UFC champion Chris Weidman, who checked
in at 184, and ex-champ Anderson Silva, who weighed 185 for their