Justin Scoggins was pulled from his bout with Ian McCall on Thursday due to weight cut issues and the bout was called off. Former UFC champion Carla Esparza thinks there needs to be harsher punishments for moments like this.
"My teammate was supposed to fight, but because his opponent was unable to make weight by six pounds, the bout was cancelled," Esparza said to Champions.co.
She is of course talking about McCall who is her teammate at Team Oyama. He is no longer fighting on UFC 201.
"So much time, work and money go into a camp," she said. "It really sucks when you do everything right and show up like a professional and cannot fight because your opponent does not make weight. This not only puts out the fighter, but all of their coaches, friends, family, sponsors, supporters and fans."
McCall weighed in anyways with hopes of being a last minute fill in, and to obtain his "show" purse... he made weight.
Depending on the jurisdiction and the overage amount, fighters are generally fined 20 percent of their purse and allowed to fight anyways. But in some cases, depending on the commission, the fight could be cancelled.
According to Esparza if the bout is called off the offender is not even fined.
Esparza was the first ever UFC strawweight champion and well as the first Invicta strawweight champion. She is one of the most decorated strawweight's of all time and is currently ranked number two in the division.
UFC 201 Lawler vs. Woodley is set to air this Saturday on PPV.