Daley Misses Weight; BAMMA Bout Now Non-Title Affair

By Mike Whitman Feb 25, 2011
Once again, Paul Daley (file photo) had trouble on the scale. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Paul Daley did it again.

The heavy-handed Brit failed to make weight Friday for his British Association of Mixed Martial Arts welterweight title bout with Deep champion Yuya Shirai.

Reportedly due to issues with the fighter's hotel sauna, Daley initially weighed in at 172 pounds in his first trip to the scale. After reportedly traveling to another location to sweat off the weight in a working sauna, Daley's second attempt at making weight resulted in a reading of 170.4 -- still over the limit for a title fight. Daley's failure to hit his mark will now cause the title bout to become a non-title, three-round affair. Shirai had no issues on the scale, coming in at 169.6 pounds.

This marks the fifth time in Daley's last 11 fights that he has failed to make the welterweight limit. The former UFC contender -- who is likely next in line for a shot at Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz -- most recently missed weight for his Shark Fights 13 bout with Jorge Masvidal in September.

Daley wasn't the only UFC alum to miss weight, however, as one-time heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez came in two pounds over his contracted, 215-pound catchweight for his co-main event bout with James McSweeney. Rodriguez, who has recently dropped large amounts of weight, also came in over the limit for his light heavyweight contest with Daniel Tabera at Israel FC “Genesis” in November.

Inside the cage, Daley has fared much better than on the scale, winning seven of his last eight bouts. His lone loss in that span came to former UFC title contender Josh Kosheck in a bout to determine the No. 1 contender for champion Georges St. Pierre's title. After being controlled and out-wrestled for three rounds, a visibly frustrated Daley took a swing at Koscheck's head after the final horn had sounded, resulting in his expulsion from the promotion in 2010.

BAMMA 5 goes down Saturday night from the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England, and will be streamed live over the promotion's website. Internet users worldwide may watch the event for a fee, and the show will be broadcast live on SyFy network in the U.K.

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