World Extreme Cagefighting held its weigh-ins for tomorrow’s WEC 36 event Tuesday afternoon at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The normally mundane practice of public weigh-ins became noteworthy after three fighters failed to make weight on their first attempt.
Most notable is the fact that WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho weighed in for Wednesday night’s rematch vs. Chael Sonnen at 192 pounds — seven pounds over the contracted weight of 185 pounds. Fighters are only given a one pound allowance in the state of Florida in non-title fights.
In addition to Filho, Mike Brown missed his contracted weight of 145 pounds for his fight against WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber by half a pound.
Despite Brown’s failure to make weight on his first attempt, tomorrow’s main event is expected to go off in tact because the American Top Team fighter had up to two hours to make weight on his second attempt.
Also missing weight was Rani Yahya, who is slated to face Yoshihiro Maeda during the card’s non-televised opener. Maeda vs. Yahya had been contracted at the bantamweight limit of 135 pounds but Maeda’s camp apparently agreed to fight Yahya at 137 pounds.
Complete weigh-in results from the first attempt are as follows:
- Featherweight (145 lbs.): Urijah Faber (144.5) vs. *Mike Brown (145.5)
- Middleweight (185 lbs.): *Paulo Filho (192) vs. Chael Sonnen (184.5)
- Featherweight (145 lbs.): Jens Pulver (146) vs Leonard Garcia (145.5)
- Middleweight (185 lbs.): Nissen Osterneck (184.5) vs. Jake Rosholt (185.5)
- Lightweight (155 lbs.): Rob McCullough (155.5) vs. Donald Cerrone (156)
- Middleweight (185 lbs.): David Avellan (185) vs. Aaron Simpson (184.5)
- Featherweight (145 lbs.): Jose Aldo (146) vs. Jonathan Brookins (146)
- Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.): Carmelo Marrero (206) vs. Steve Steinbeiss (202)
- Lightweight (155 lbs.): Rafael Dias (155) vs. Danny Castillo (156)
- Bantamweight (135 lbs.): Yoshiro Maeda (135) vs. **Rani Yahya (137)
* denotes fighter failed to make weight on first attempt and had two hours to make weight during second weigh-in attempt
** denotes fighter failed to make weight but a second weigh-in attempt was not required after opposing fighter consented to the weight difference