UFC Belem loses co main event

The co main event at tomorrow’s UFC Belem between Pedro Munhoz and John Dodson has been scrapped.

Munhoz failed to make weight on Friday morning, coming in four pounds overweight, MMA Fighting has reported that Dodson has decided not to take the fight.

According to MMA Fighting the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission said that Munhoz would have been fined 20 percent of his show money, that would go in its entirety to Dodson. Dodson was also to receive 20 percent of Munhozā€™s win money if he lost the bout on Saturday. However it appears Dodson has refused the bout.

The UFC released the following statement:

After Pedro Munhoz missed weight by four pounds for his UFC Belem bout against John Dodson, UFC officials have pulled the fight from Saturday night’s event.

Munhoz weighed in at 140 pounds on Friday morning for the bantamweight bout.

Moving into the co-main event slot is the flyweight bout between Valentina Shevchenko and Priscila Cachoeira.

UFC Belem, which airs live on FS1, will proceed with 11 bouts.

The womens flyweight bout between Valentina Shevchenko and Priscila Cachoeira will now likely be moved to the co-main event slot.

It would seem several fighters have had weight cut problems after the hotel that they are staying at had issues overnight with the hot water supply causing the fighters to struggle to lose the extra weight due to no hot water. Michel Prazares missed weight by six pounds for his lightweight clash with Desmond Green and will be forced to go up to welterweight.

It was also touch and go for the main event after Eryk Anders, who takes on local hero Lyoto Machida, only made weight after being given an extra hour to make the middleweight limit after Machida agreed given the hotel circumstances.

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