Missing weight by a small margin isn’t unheard of in this day and age when every athlete is vying for even the slightest of advantages in a fight. Oliveira, however, was beginning to knock on the door of the next weight class up when he tipped the scale at 161.5 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in in Portland, Ore.
Though he’ll receive 20 percent of Oliveira’s show money after he stepped on the scale at 156 pounds – the limit for a lightweight non-title fight – Brooks was not happy with Oliveira not meeting his contracted requirement.
“Come on man, this is unprofessional. I take this serious. I’m not in the business of not doing my job,” Brooks said in a video he tweeted from a sauna while still cutting weight. “This is a profession. This is your job. Make weight. This is my problem with guys now.”
Brooks could have declined the fight, but accepted it at a catchweight, tweeting that the 20 percent he received from Oliveira was going into his daughter’s college fund.
I’m still here to fight. pic.twitter.com/nBQbUf4Ugp
— Will Brooks (@TRILLwillbrooks) September 30, 2016