Anthony Pettis missed weight for his fight against Max Holloway for the UFC interim featherweight championship at UFC 206 on Saturday night.
Pettis weighed in at 148 on Friday, three pounds over the featherweight limit and the first time he’s missed weight in his professional career. If Pettis were to defeat Holloway tomorrow night, he would not win the title as a result. If Holloway defeats Pettis, he would win the title.
Pettis commented on the miss when speaking with MMAFighting.com:
"It was a team call," Pettis said. "My body just wouldn't let go of that extra weight. It's just one those things. We did everything right beforehand, everything was on point. My body just gave out. I had nothing left to give.
"In the end, we decided that my career and health are more important than those two extra pounds.”
Pettis stated he got his weight down to 146.5 pounds but he couldn’t shed anymore weight. He said he became concerned when every time his body temperature rose he started feeling light headed and began to gag. Every time he tried to cool off, he started to develop acid reflux.
Pettis’s team called a UFC doctor, who didn’t recommend hospitalization but did agree that he didn’t need to lose any more weight. He rehydrated and weighed in at 148 pounds.
Pettis doesn’t care about the belt but just wants to beat Max Holloway tomorrow night. UFC 206: Holloway vs. Pettis is tomorrow night from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We’ll have live coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
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