Bellator 254 takes place tonight, headlined with a Women’s Flyweight title bout between Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Juliana Velasquez.
Before that, Bellator veteran Goiti Yamauchi was set to face Nate Andrews, who was going to be making his promotional debut. The fight was scheduled to take place in the Lightweight division, at 155lbs.
However, Yamauchi weighed in at 162.8lbs yesterday, nearly 8lbs over his contracted weight. Typically, when this happens, the fighter is fined a percentage of his purse, and the fight goes ahead as planned.
Andrews was not willing to let this slide though, and believed it wasn’t the right circumstances to make his debut under. He weighed in at 155.8lbs, but shortly after, his manager released a statement on Twitter that the fight wouldn’t be going ahead.
Andrews’ manager Tyson Chartier explained on social media that more than 6lbs over the limit “is too big of a risk to take.”
Andrews fight is off. We are sorry to Nates friends, family, and fans but 6+ lbs is too big of a risk to take. We are obviously bummed but it is what it is. Thanks to Bellator for everything and we are excited to make our debut early 2021. #Bellator254— Tyson Chartier (@TysonChartier) December 9, 2020
This is the second weigh miss in a row for Yamauchi, who previously weighed in heavy for his Bellator 237 clash with former UFC contender, Daron Cruickshank in December.
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