The weigh-ins for the International Fight League’s first World Grand Prix tournament took place Friday, but not without a few bumps in the road.
Both welterweight contests will be conducted at catch weights, as three of the four fighters weighed in higher than the 171-pound limit (including a one-pound tolerance) for the division.
Donnie Liles and Jay Hieron will fight at a limit of 177 pounds since Liles could not get below 177.
Delson Heleno and Gideon Ray will fight at an agreed upon 175 pounds. Heleno weighed in at 175, Ray at 173.
According to the IFL, despite the bouts being contested at catch weights, the winners will still go on to compete in the welterweight division final on Dec. 29.
The middleweight division also faced a hiccup with Matt Horwich weighing in at 187.5 pounds, a pound-and-a-half over the allowable limit of 186 pounds. His opponent, Brian Foster agreed to accept the overage and fight.
The semi-final round Grand Prix bouts take place Saturday night in Chicago at the Sears Centre.
The official weigh-in results:
Brent Beauparlant (185) vs. Benji Radach (186)
Bart Palaszewski (155.5) vs. Chris Horodecki (154)
Alex Schoenauer (205) vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (204)
John Gunderson (155.5) vs. Wagnney Fabiano (155.5)
Gideon Ray (173) vs. Delson Heleno (175)
Shane Ott (264.5) vs. Antoine Jaoude (248.5)
Bryan Vetell (266) vs. Roy Nelson (261.5)
Brian Foster (184.5) vs. Matt Horwich (187.5)
Donnie Liles (177) vs. Jay Hieron (170)