Another one bites the dust.
#KelvinGastelum blew it again, this time on the biggest stage of his career, in the biggest fight of his life, a #UFC205 bout with "Cowboy" Cerrone. Gastelum missed weight, but we don't know by how much, since he didn't even weigh in. That's how much he would have missed it by.
It's the third time Gastelum has missed weight in his career, and this one will cost him big time. His fight with #DonaldCerrone has been called off, and El Presidente is pissed. Weight cutting is not easy, but it's embarrassing for professional fighters to be missing weight. Even #CMPunk, who walked around at about 200 pounds and had never cut weight in his life, made the 170lb limit in his UFC debut.
Fighters cut weight so they can compete against fighters that are smaller than them, but have an advantage because they are naturally stronger. But, as everyone knows, cutting weight is extremely difficult, and if not done correctly, can be dangerous. Gastelum is the latest, but not the first, and most likely won't be the last.
Let's look at some fighters who have historically had trouble making weight.
The former UFC welterweight champion missed weight badly before a scheduled fight with Tyron Woodley at UFC 192. Hendricks' kidney's shut down and the fight was scrapped. He also missed weight at UFC 200, in a fight that he lost to Gastelum. He was fined 20 percent of his purse.
Anthony "Rumble" Johnson
If you can believe it, light heavyweight powerhouse Johnson once tried to fight as a welterweight and middleweight. He once missed weight by 11 pounds. Johnson missed weight several times in the UFC in the early part of the decade before the UFC eventually cut him. He eventually found his way back to the company, and fortunately fights at light heavyweight. Can you imagine this guy, with his power, fighting at welterweight? Scary.
The former #UFC bantamweight champion dominated the division while Dominick Cruz was on the shelf getting his knees reconstructed. But clearly, he outgrew the division. Before his scheduled rematch with TJ Dillashaw, who knocked him out to take his title, Barao passed out in his bathtub from the drastic weight cut. He was yanked from the card. When he did make weight later, Dillashaw knocked him out again. Barao now fights at featherweight.
Mexico City can mess with you. Just ask Cain Velasquez. And now ask Charles Oliveira.
Oliveira tipped the scales nine pounds overweight for his featherweight fight at UFC 98. The contest was supposed to take place at 145 pounds, but Oliveira couldn't make it. It was the fifth time the Brazilian fighter missed weight in the UFC. His excuse? Well he accepted the fight with only about three weeks notice. The high altitude, nearly 7,500 feet, of Mexico City also made it tough for him to train and cut weight. Fair, but still a disappointment. He sacrificed 30 percent of his purse for tipping the scales so high.
Lineker likes to eat. We know this because he misses weight. A lot. Like five times in his career. Lineker last missed weight against John Dodson in September, a fight that he won by decision. Lineker had moved up in weight to bantamweight from flyweight, where he had previously missed weight four times. He was fined 20 percent of his purse for missing weight.