UFC’s Matt Brown misses weight, but won’t forfeit purse in odd twist
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Yes, Matt Brown did miss weight. But no, Brown will not have to forfeit any of his prize money.
In an odd turn of events, Brown weighed in at 172.5 pounds (1.5 pounds over the welterweight limit) Friday before his fight with Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday here at SAP Center. But "The Immortal" will not be penalized at all for it due to a "miscommunication" with the California State Athletic Commission.
On his first and only attempt, Brown hit 172.5, more than the welterweight maximum of 171. At that point, Brown was advised by a commission doctor that he should not continue to cut weight. By rule, a fighter has another hour to try to make weight. Brown thought the doctor was telling him he would not be allowed to weigh in again, according to CSAC executive officer Andy Foster.
"There’s a difference between advisement from a doctor and a directive by a doctor," Foster told FOX Sports.
Chalk it up to miscommunication.
-Andy Foster, California State Athletic Commission executive officer
When a fighter misses weight in California, he or she must forfeit 20 percent of his or her purse, 10 percent to the commission and 10 percent to the opponent. After a discussion between the UFC and commission officials, the CSAC decided not to fine Brown.
"We were just looking after his health and safety, but I was going to let him on [the scale again]," Foster said. "I was going to give him his time. Chalk it up to miscommunication."
Foster said he spoke to Brown and his cornermen about three minutes after Brown weighed in. Foster said he asked Brown whether or not he would be making a second attempt.
"He said, ‘I’ll take the fine,’" Foster said. "His corner told me he’d take the fine. I’m going to chalk that up to a miscommunication as him thinking we told him absolutely not. Maybe a miscommunication error. But he did tell me he would take the fine."
Foster said it’s understandable Brown could have misinterpreted the doctor’s words and the commission will look to remedy this potential problem in the future.
"I get it," Foster said. "He’s been cutting, he’s foggy. And we’ll certainly learn from this experience and be very clear following this."
Women’s strawweight fighter Juliana Lima also missed weight, registering 117 pounds on the scale, one pound over the 116-pound maximum. Foster said doctors also advised Lima to stop cutting, but Lima did and she was allowed to weigh in again. On the second try, she came in at 116.5, still over the limit.
Lima will be fined 20 percent of her purse (10 to opponent Joanna Jedrzejcyzk and 10 to the commission), Foster said.
"Yeah," he said. "She’s over."
UFC president Dana White told a small group of reporters after weigh-ins that Lima was told by the commission to stop cutting weight. She oddly weighed in a second time almost immediately after the weigh-in show was over.
White and the UFC are operating under the assumption that Lima would not be also fined because of that, but Foster told FOX Sports that she would be.
"How can we do this to these kids when they were willing to make weight?" White said. "It’s not right."