Carlos Leal has stacked the deck against himself in his quest for his first PFL championship.
The welterweight contender missed weight Tuesday morning for his semifinal bout against 2022 champion Sadibou Sy, coming in at 172 pounds, one pound over the limit for a non-title matchup. He forfeits 20 percent of his purse to his opponent and receives an automatic one-point deduction on the scorecards when he steps into the cage with Sy at PFL 9 on Wednesday night.
⚖️Welterweight Semifinal bout:— PFL (@PFLMMA) August 22, 2023
Sadibou Sy: 170.8lbs
Carlos Leal: 172*
Leal will forfeit 20% of his show purse to his opponent. Leal needs to win by a finish or by at least 2 points to advance to the #PFLWorldChampionship
[Wednesday, August 23rd | 6:30pm ET on ESPN+ | 9pm ET on… pic.twitter.com/V1FrPC4Fz7
Watch ceremonial weigh-in video above, which begin at 6 p.m. ET.
One other fighter missed weight, preliminary featherweight John Caldone. He weighed in at 148.6 pounds, two pounds over the limit, and forfeits 20 percent of his purse to opponent Nathaniel Grimard as penalty.
See PFL 9 weigh-in results below.
Main Card (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET)
Clay Collard (155) vs. Shane Burgos (156) — lightweight semifinal
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155.6) vs. Bruno Miranda (154) — lightweight semifinal
Sadibou Sy (170.8) vs. Carlos Leal (172)* — welterweight semifinal
Preliminaries (ESPN+, 6:30 p.m. ET)
John Caldone (148.6)* vs. Nathaniel Grimard (145.8)