The official weigh-in for UFC Charlotte on Friday saw Jairzinho Rozenstruik come in at 265 pounds and Jailton Almeida at 231, a 34 pound difference between the heavyweight contenders. The co-main event of Anthony Smith (205.5) and Johnny Walker (205) also went off without a hitch as both men successfully made weight. Unfortunately, the preliminary card suffered some hiccups when lightweight fighter Pete Rodriguez failed to make weight for his bout against Natan Levy.
Natan Levy, currently ranked No 9 in MMA Fighting Global Rankings, was understandably frustrated with his opponent’s failure to meet the contracted weight limit or even the catchweight they had agreed upon earlier. His coach Eric Nicksick took to social media where he revealed that doctors had pulled Rodriguez out of competition after he asked for two additional catchweights beyond what they had initially discussed.
“Had a feeling this would be the case seeing we had to move it 2 weeks ago,” wrote Nicksick referring back to their original booking on April 24th which saw an illness force Rodriguez from action just days before their fight.
Levy himself spoke up about his competitor’s behavior labeling him “Fat Pete” while noting that despite Rodriguez’s crying fit he refused to quit and still offered multiple catchweights until doctors told him otherwise.
“Just to be clear we were scheduled to fight at 155[lbs]. They asked for a catchweight so I agreed to fight him at 158 [lbs], then they asked for 160 [lbs] and I said ‘Yes’ already being below that weight… He blew my opportunity … Extremely unprofessional.” – Natan Levy
Things only got worse when welterweights Bryan Battle and Daniel Rodriguez both failed their respective weigh ins. Battle weighed 173 pounds, two over the limit while Rodriguez missed by half a pound. Both fighters were allowed an extra hour, but only Rodriguez managed hit his mark. His main card matchup with Ian Machado Garry (170.5) proceeded as scheduled, while Battle’s preliminary bout with Gabe Green (170.5) remains uncertain pending further decisions from UFC officials.
With one less prelim fight added onto its short list of four, Saturday’s final showdown between Jairzinho Rozenstruik (265) vs Jailton Almeida (231) takes center stage in Charlotte North Carolina.