Silva, who is coming off a knockout of the night and fight of the night win over Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante back in June, weighted in earlier today at 208lbs. with a towel. That is two pounds over the light-heavyweight limit for non-title fights. The Brazilian was given two hours to shed the weight yet opted to accept the fine rather than lose the weight.
The UFC confirmed that Silva failed to make weight and would be fined 25 percent of his show money. According to recent changes, he will also not be eligible for any of the post-fight bonuses which is a potential loss of $50,000 per award.
Update: Thiago Silva won’t make weight, will be fined 25% of show money, not eligible for any finish bonuses #UFCFightNight
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UFC President Dana White has been vocal about fighter missing weight for match-ups and this will likely not bode well for Silva if he does not emerge victorious tomorrow night. He has a severely poor record over his last six fights with the UFC, having failed two drug tests and now missing weight.
UFC Fight Night 29 takes place tomorrow night in the Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil.