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Eryk Anders makes weight for UFC Belem on second attempt, two others miss

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Three fighters failed to make weight on Friday, but one made good on a second chance.

Eryk Anders weighed in at 187.9 pounds, 1.9 pounds over the middleweight limit for his main event clash with Lyoto Machida at UFC Belem on Saturday. However, CABMMA, the Brazilian athletic commission, allowed Anders to have an extra hour to make a second attempt after a doctor determined that he could cut more weight safely. He later successfully stepped onto the scale at 186 pounds, making his bout with Machida official.

The extra time was also agreed upon by Machida’s team due to there being issues with the hot water at the hotel that the visiting fighters are staying at.

Bantamweight Pedro Munhoz and lightweight Michel Prazeres also came in heavy at the weigh-ins Friday. Munhoz weighed in at 140 pounds, four over the bantamweight limit, while Prazeres weighed in at 161 pounds, five over the lightweight limit.

This was the third time in four UFC bouts that Prazeres has missed weight. CABMMA told MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz that the 36-year-old will be forced to move up to welterweight for his next bout. Munhoz will be monitored and undergo several tests to determine if he should stay in the 135-pound division.

Prazeres vs. Desmond Green will proceed as scheduled, but the status of the Munhoz vs. John Dodson bout is still being discussed.

Under CABMMA rules, Prazeres and Munhoz will be fined 20 percent of their show money, and 20 percent of their win money, should they come out victorious on Saturday. The amount is negotiable.

Typically, commissions collect a portion of the fines when fighters miss weight, but in this instance, the CABMMA has decided that the entirety of the fines will be collected by the opponents of the offending fighters.

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