Bellator 163 will be short another fight as the scheduled welterweight bout between Paul Daley and Derek Anderson has officially been cancelled.
Daley was pulled from the fight by Bellator and the Mohegan Athletic Commission in the wake of his cutting weight, despite the fact that Daley did in fact weigh-in at the welterweight limit — officially weighing-in at 171 pounds.
“After a difficult weight cut, we, along with Mike Mazzulli from the Mohegan Athletic Commission, made the decision to pull Paul Daley from tonight’s event as a precautionary measure,” Bellator president Scott Coker told MMA Fighting. “Fighter safety is of the utmost importance to us here at Bellator.”
The news comes after another high profile fight was already pulled from the card the night before as a result of one fighter missing weight. Former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Marloes Coenen was supposed to fight Talita Nogueira at Bellator 163 as well, but Nogueira showed up 5.6 pounds over the 135 pound limit and the fight was called off when Coenen decided not to take the fight.
In place of Daley’s fight, Neiman Gracie vs. Rudy Bears will air on the Spike TV broadcast for the event instead.
It is not the first time Daley has had issues making the 170 welterweight limit that he has fought at his entire MMA career. On four different occasions prior, across several different promotions, Daley has missed weight by varying degrees. Though this is the first time he has had to have a fight called off after the strenuous process of successfully making the proper weight.
Bellator 163 is set to be headlined by the light heavyweight title fight between champion Liam McGeary and Phil Davis.