JUSTIN TAFA has become the first fighter to miss the heavyweight limit in UFC history.
The New Zealander is scheduled to face Harry Hunsucker on the Derrick Lewis vs Chris Daukaus card tonight at the UFC Apex tonight.
But whatever he was supposed to be paid for the bout will now be dented by a fine.
Unlike in boxing, the UFC enforces a a 265lbs limit for its heavyweight division.
This can be stretched to 266lbs for a non-title fight.
But Tafa, 28, hit the scales at 267lbs.
Fellow heavyweight Greg Hardy also missed weight ahead of his fight with Maurice Green in October 2020.
But after being granted an hour to make the extra cut, Hardy managed to make weight at the second attempt.
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Tafa, however, did not – and is set to find himself in hot water with UFC president Dana White.
The bout will still go ahead on tonight’s undercard.
This is because Hunsucker agreed to a 267lbs catchweight.
Tafa wasn’t the only fighter to miss weight ahead of tonight’s event.
Macy Chiasson also made history by becoming the first women’s featherweight fighter to miss weight in the UFC, after stepping on the scales at 148.5lbs.
Her bout with Raquel Pennington will still go ahead at a catchweight.
Sijara Eubanks once again missed weight after coming in at 127.5lbs for her bout with Melissa Gatto.
This is the third time in Eubanks’ career that she has missed weight.