Looks like that extra hour wasn’t enough.
Longtime UFC competitor Tyson Griffin failed to make the featherweight limit of 146lbs. today for his impending UFC 137 fight with Bart Palaszewski, tipping the scales initially at 149lbs. The 27-year-old was then given an hour to shed the additional three pounds by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but was unable to do so.
MMAWeekly.com has reported that the Griffin-Palaszewski bout will now be contested at a catchweight of 148lbs. and that Griffin had to forfeit 25% of his purse as a result of not making the initially agreed upon weight limit.
“I don’t blame anyone but myself for missing weight today but it has nothing to do with how good the fight with Bart will be,” Griffin posted to his Twitter today. “Dont blink!!!”
Once considered to be a threat to the title at 155lbs., Tyson Griffin dropped back to featherweight after stringing together three consecutive defeats at lightweight. Since returning to his original weight class, Griffin has picked up a unanimous decision victory over Manny Gamburyan.
Having made his bones mostly in the IFL and WEC, Bart Palaszewski had a four-fight winning streak (which included a victory over Anthony Pettis) broken in his last fight by Kamal Shalorus, having dropped a split decision to the Iranian at WEC 53 last December.
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz goes down tomorrow night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. FightLine will be back with live, ongoing coverage of the fights starting around 5:50pm ET.