Anthony Pettis has failed to make weight for his Featherweight Title bout with Max Holloway.
Multiple sources reported that Pettis was struggling a few hours before weigh-ins and he ultimately weighed in at 148, making him ineligible to compete for the title
UFC announced that the bout will remain a five round fight and that if Holloway wins, he will be named the Interim Featherweight Champion.
This marks the first time in nearly a decade a fighter has missed weight for a title fight.
Cervantes Analysis: Pettis looked exhausted and very dehydrated when he got on the scale. Apparently, he even went as far as to shave his head in hopes of making the weight. I’ve heard that he walks around at 180 and, this being just his second cut to 145, he still must not be used to it or he didn’t started cutting as early as he should have. It’s disappointing to see how this all played out given that UFC stripped Conor McGregor of the title to make this fight happen, and if Pettis wins, it’ll have made the move a waste.
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(Jonathan Cervantes has been an avid fan of MMA since 2009 when he saw GSP vs. B.J. Penn 2. He has practiced tae kwon do, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling in the past and is currently a student majoring in entrepreneurship at the University of San Francisco. He writes the MMATorch News Digest on Fridays and Saturdays. Michael Hiscoe writes MMATorch News Digests Sunday through Thursday each week.)