Justin Scoggins has pulled out of a scheduled clash with Ian McCall at UFC 201 due to trouble with his weight cut.
A UFC official told Sherdog.com that Scoggins informed the promotion that he could not make the contracted weight, thus resulting in the cancellation of the bout. McCall, however, will still weigh-in on Friday as an alternate. BloodyElbow.com first confirmed the news with Scoggins’ father, Chris Scoggins.
"We just had to make a horrible, disappointing call," Chris Scoggins told BloodyElbow.com. "Justin could not get below 132.5 pounds. He was all good and his body just stopped allowing the weight to come off. No sweating, nothing. That's too much [of a] weight difference for a catch-weight so Justin is out. This is horrible.”
Shortly thereafter MMAjunkie.com was able to verify the report with the fighter himself. Scoggins said that he hoped to keep the bout at a catch-weight or at bantamweight, but McCall refused the offer. Going forward, the South Carolina native plans on competing in the UFC at 135 pounds.
“I understand my body and I understand the growth of it and what I need to keep myself healthy…We just kind of go back to the drawing board. We go up to a more natural weight class, pick up and go from there,” Scoggins told MMAjunkie.com.
UFC 201 takes place on Saturday at Philips Arena in Atlanta and is headlined by a welterweight championship bout between Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley. Scoggins-McCall was part of the pay-per-view card, so another bout will have to be elevated to take its place.
Scoggins, 24, compiled a 4-2 mark in six flyweight bouts in the Octagon, including back-to-back triumphs over Ray Borg and Josh Sampo in his last two outings. McCall, meanwhile, has not competed since a decision loss to John Lineker at UFC 183 on Jan. 31, 2015.