Female star's naked strip at UFC 200

(L-R) Opponents Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes of Brazil face off during the UFC 200 weigh-in. Photo / Getty Images.
(L-R) Opponents Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes of Brazil face off during the UFC 200 weigh-in. Photo / Getty Images.

The drama surrounding UFC 200 continued on yesterday at the early weigh-ins as former champion Johny Hendricks missed the mark, while bantamweight champion Miesha Tate got on the scale at the last minute before the cut off time.

Fighters were allowed to weigh-in between 8am and 10am in the morning with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and UFC officials overseeing the event.

Tate was the final fighter to hit the scale on Friday (US time) as she arrived before the commission almost exactly at 10am.

The champion had to disrobe completely as she stepped on the scale with coach and boyfriend Bryan Caraway there to assist and Tate weighed 134.5 pounds, making her fight with Amanda Nunes official.

According to officials, if Tate had missed the time cut off to hit the scale, she would have been pulled from the card entirely and her fight with Nunes would have been cancelled.

If she arrived and missed weight, the bout would have been turned into a non-title affair.

In this case, neither happened because Tate arrived on time and made championship weight for the fight.

Late Thursday night, Tate and Nunes were promoted to the main event spot at UFC 200 so that would have been another in a long line of changes to the historic card over the past few days.

Tate's coach Robert Follis told Submission Radio that his star was having greater difficulty cutting weight, after reports she spent the dramatic lead-up to her weigh-in in the sauna.

"It was just a little bit tougher than we're used to, but it wasn't outrageous," Follis said.

"It just took a little bit longer than what we're used to. Just her body wasn't letting the water go as well as it normally does. But it wasn't a big deal, either.

"We planned for a title fight and obviously missing it was a big deal. We were confident we were gonna make it, but you never know until you get on the official scale.

"Our scale said we were on and we were waiting to get on the official one, make sure there wasn't any discrepancy."

Tate's boyfriend and fellow UFC fighter Bryan Caraway told Bloody Elbow: "She doesn't like waking up super early and they have a two-hour window from 8-10am for weigh-ins, so we decided to sleep a little more and weigh-in at 10," he said.

"Plus, we figured everyone else would be done by then. Her weight was moving a little slower than usual and our scale ended up being a little bit heavier than the official scale."

As for Hendricks, the man who once nearly dethroned welterweight icon Georges St-Pierre, he was also one of the last fighters to finally appear as he stepped onto the scale with officials stringing towels around him as he shed his clothes in an attempt to make weight.

The scale read 171.25, which is a quarter pound over the 171-pound limit for a welterweight contest. Because of the new weigh-in rules, Hendricks won't have any additional time to cut weight as fighters are afforded a full two-hour window to hit the mark and he was already out of time when he stepped on the scale.

Because Hendricks missed weight, he will be fined 20 per cent of his fight purse.

Hendricks has a history of weight problems since joining the UFC roster. His bout with Tyron Woodley last year was scrapped after the former champion was taken to the hospital due to an extreme weight cut which forced him off the card.

His opponent Kelvin Gastelum actually weighed in just after him but he made the mark at 171 pounds while also shedding his clothes to ensure he hit the mark.

Former middleweight champion Anderson Silva weighed in at 198.5 pounds for his bout against Daniel Cormier after accepting the fight on just two days notice.

This was the first time the Nevada State Athletic Commission approved early weigh-ins in the state and most fighters have raved about the extra time to refuel after an earlier weight cut. All of the other fighters on the card made weight earlier in the morning. The full weigh-in results for UFC 200 are listed below.

Miesha Tate (134.5) vs. Amanda Nunes (135)
Brock Lesnar (265.5) vs. Mark Hunt (264.5)
Daniel Cormier (206) vs. Anderson Silva (198.5)
Jose Aldo (145) vs. Frankie Edgar (144.5)
Cain Velasquez (242.5) vs. Travis Browne (244)

Cat Zingano (135.5) vs. Julianna Pena (135.5)
Johny Hendricks (171.25)* vs. Kelvin Gastelum (171)
T.J. Dillashaw (136) vs. Raphael Assuncao (135.5)
Sage Northcutt (156) vs. Enrique Marin (156)

Diego Sanchez (155) vs. Joe Lauzon (156)
Gegard Mousasi (185.5) vs. Thiago Santos (186)
Jim Miller (155.5) vs. Takanori Gomi (156)
*Fined 20% of his purse for missing weight


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