Short notice proved to be a problem for Cole Williams.
Stepping in on less than two weeks’ notice for Ramazan Emeev, Williams weighed in at 176 pounds on Friday for his preliminary welterweight bout with Claudio Silva at UFC on ESPN 5 in Newark, New Jersey, five pounds over the limit (including a one-pound allowance).
Officials told MMA Fighting’s Danny Segura that the bout will proceed with Williams forfeiting 30 percent of his purse to Silva.
“That’s a lack of professionalism,” Silva told MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz. “I made weight.”
Williams (11-1) will be making his UFC debut on the strength of nine consecutive wins, while Silva (13-1) looks for his 14th straight win and fifth in the UFC.
Also coming in heavy on Friday was Dong Hyun Ma. He was the last fighter to weigh in and he tipped the scales at 158 pounds, two pounds over the lightweight limit. MMA Fighting’s Danny Segura confirmed with officials that Ma will forfeit 20 percent of his purse to opponent Scott Holtzman and the bout will proceed as scheduled.
The other 22 fighters competing at Saturday’s card successfully made weight, including welterweight headliners Colby Covington and Robbie Lawler, and lightweight co-headliners Jim Miller and Clay Guida.