Four fighters missed weight ahead of Friday’s ONE FC: Rise to Power in Manila, but after some last-minute negotiations, all 10 fights are good to go.
The worst offender was Ryan Diaz, who is coming off of a two-year absence from competition. He was initially 5 kilograms (11 pounds) overweight ahead of his bantamweight bout with Yusup Saadulaev.
The other fighters who missed weight did so by much smaller margins. They were Tim Sylvia, Lowen Tynanes and Andrew Leone. ONE FC hasn’t release any specifics at the time of writing in terms of what the penalties would be for the fighters who failed to make weight, but all will have money deducted from their purses. All of their bouts will now be conducted at an agreed upon catchweight.
Saadulaev has lost his last two fights and was reportedly reluctant to risk a third straight defeat by taking on an opponent who came in at slightly over the featherweight limit, but with 20,000 fans expected to fill the SM Mall of Asia Arena tomorrow night, he agreed to go ahead with the bout in order to allow ONE FC to keep the full ten-fight card.
Afterwards Banario addressed the Filipino fans in Tagalog telling them, “Please come and support me tomorrow night, I have been training hard and I will win this fight for the people of the Philippines.”
In the co-main event, Bibiano Fernandes, who is looking to add the ONE FC interim bantamweight belt to a collection that already included the Dream bantamweight and featherweight titles, weighed in at 61.1 kg, as did his opponent Koetsu Okazaki.
It is worth noting that ONE FC rules differ slightly from those of other organizations in that there is no allowance, meaning that fighters must come in at or below the exact agreed upon weight. The weight limits also vary slightly from those traditionally used in the West because ONE FC uses the metric system.
ONE FC: Rise to Power Weigh-in Results:
Main Card Bouts:
ONE FC Featherweight Championship:
Honorio Banario (65.75 kg/ 144.7 lbs) vs. Koji Oishi (65.8 kg/144.8 lbs)
Interim ONE FC Bantamweight Championship:
Bibiano Fernandes (61.1 kg/ 134.4 lbs) vs. Koetsu Okazaki (61.1 kg/134.4 lbs)
ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix Final:
Masakatsu Ueda (61.2 kg/ 134.6 lbs) vs. Kevin Belingon (60.9 kg/134.0 lbs)
Yasuhiro Urushitani (56.7 kg/ 124.7 lbs) vs. Rey Docyogen (56.7 kg/124.7 lbs)
Phil Baroni (76.8 kg/169.0 lbs) vs. Nobutatsu Suzuki (77.0 kg/169.4 lbs)
Kamal Shalorus (70.1 kg/154.2 lbs) vs. Eduard Folayang (70.2 kg/154.4 lbs)
Catchweight bout (originally flyweight)*:
Andrew Leone (58 kg/127.7 lbs) vs. Geje Eustaquio (56.7 kg/124.7 lbs)
Catchweight bout (originally lightweight)*:
Felipe Enomoto (69.6 kg/153.1 lbs) vs. Lowen Tynanes (70.55 kg/155.2 lbs)
Catchweight bout (originally bantamweight)*:
Ryan Diaz (65.8kg/144.8 lbs) vs. Yusup Saadulaev (61.1 kg/ 134.4 lbs)
Catchweight bout (originally heavyweight)*:
Tony Johnson (120.1 kg/264.2 lbs) vs. Tim Sylvia (123.2 kg/271.0 lbs)
*Bouts negotiated to catchweight due to a fighter missing weight and incurring a purse deduction.
The first three fights at ONE FC: Rise to Power will be available to view online free of charge, while the entire card costs $9.99 USD. It will also be televised live by a number of television broadcasters worldwide including The Fight Network in Canada and Star Sports all across Asia.
For more information on watching the stream visit: http://www.onefc.com/livestream.html