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Vanessa Melo misses weight by five pounds, Raulian Paiva by three for UFC 251 bouts

There are weight misses, and then there are WEIGHT MISSES. Vanessa Melo comes in a 2-liter of soda over for her undercard bantamweight fight at UFC 251.

Vanessa Melo of Brazil weighs in during the UFC Fight Night Blachowicz v Jacare Weigh-Ins at Ibirapuera Gymnasium on November 15, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

We knew cutting weight on Fight Island might be a challenge, but it seemed to be going well for the most part during the official weigh-ins this morning. And then the last fighter got on the scale, Vanessa Melo, ahead of her bantamweight bout with Karol Rosa on the undercard.

You could tell when she was on the scale she didn’t feel too comfortable, and it almost looked like a cringe was peeking out from under her Covid-protective mask. But while on the scale, but Melo was announced at 141 lbs., five pounds over the limit of 126 for bantamweight.

The heavy weigh in means Rosa will receive a whopping 30% of Melo’s purse.

Moving fighters from Las Vegas to Abu Dhabi a week ahead of time, then forcing them to quarantine in their rooms upon arrival, was of course going to have consequences for weight cuts. But missing by more than two kilograms is still a bit much. And expensive.

It’s not Melo’s first crime against the scale: She missed by four pounds against Irene Aldana in September of last year, and was thought to have missed against Tracy Cortez in November, but that was quickly overturned by Brazilian authorities for having a bad scale. She’s also 0-2 in the promotion with two unanimous decisions against her. She’s now listed as a +195 underdog to Rosa at -250.

Also Raulian Paiva came in at 129 lbs. for his flyweight bout with Zhalgas Zhumagulov, three pounds over the 126 limit for flyweight. That’s a big miss too, and will send 20% of his purse for their undercard fight to Zhumagulov. Paiva remains a -180 favorite over his Russian opponent, who is the underdog at +142.