The two were contracted to meet at 205 pounds, albeit with a one-pound allowance since it is a non-title affair. Silva, however, tipped the scale at 208 pounds in Barueri, Brazil. He was given an hour to shed two pounds.
That didn’t happen.
He will instead be fined 25 percent of his show money, and will not be eligible for any of the post-fight finish bonuses that typically net the winners an additional $50,000 per award.
UFC officials confirmed Silva’s failure to make weight.
That doesn’t bode well for Silva. He was part of the Fight of the Night and scored the Knockout of the Night in his June bout with Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante. Had he missed weight then, it would have cost him $100,000 in bonuses.
Not only does missing weight prohibit him from any bonus money on Wednesday night, it’s also likely to have put him on shaky ground with UFC president Dana White, who has little sympathy for fighters that fail to make weight.
Prior to missing weight on Tuesday, Silva’s recent fight record has been less than stellar. He went 2-3 with two no contests in his prior seven bouts. The two no contest decisions were due to providing a fake urine sample for his drug test for one fight and then testing positive for marijuana following the other bout.
The pressure is definitely on Silva to not only win this fight, but also pass his fight-night drug test.