MMA Odds and Ends for Friday: Means and Albert Miss Weight

John-Albert All 24 competitors for tomorrow night’s UFC on FOX 8 event today stepped on the scale, but only 22 of them made weight. The two fighters who missed weight were lightweight Tim Means, who weighed in at 160 pounds, and bantamweight John Albert, who weighed in at 137 pounds. Both fighters were fined 20 per cent of their purse as a result. In addition, lightweight Jorge Masvidal initially weighed in at 157.5 pounds but after a second try he made the 155-pound limit. Here are the complete weigh-in results for UFC on FOX 8, with the weight in pounds: Demetrious Johnson (124.5) vs. John Moraga (124.5) Rory MacDonald (170.5) vs. Jake Ellenberger (171) Robbie Lawler (170.5) vs. Bobby Voelker (170) Liz Carmouche (136) vs. Jessica Andrade (134) Michael Chiesa (155.5) vs. Jorge Masvidal (155) Danny Castillo (155) vs. Tim Means (160) Mac Danzig (155) vs. Melvin Guillard (155) Yves Edwards (155) vs. Daron Cruickshank (156) Ed Herman (186) vs. Trevor Smith (185) Julie Kedzie (135.5) vs. Germanie de Randamie (135) Aaron Riley (156)vs. Justin Salas (155) John Albert (137) vs. Yaotzin Meza (136) As far as my impressions of the weigh-in go, let me first start by saying I do not recommend a bet on Means anymore after he weighed in at 160 pounds. Although he is +200, he didn’t look good on the scale while his opponent Castillo looked like he’s in the best shape of his life. So even though Means still has a chance to win the fight, he’s not longer one of my recommend plays. It’s the same thing with Albert. Although he is the more talented fighter than Yaotzin Meza, he missed weight and since he already has major cardio issues this surely can’t help him. If you were planning on Albert I would highly recommend you pass completely. and honestly, I think at +210 that Meza may be worth a play because he’ll have a very good chance of winning the fight should be make it out of the first round. Today’s weigh-in was another example of why it’s better to wait until the fighters step on the scale to make your plays, something that even I have to remind myself of sometimes. For me personally, I made the mistake of betting on Means earlier in the week when his line was at +190 because I never though it’d get any better; but as you can see, it did get better, but that’s only because he missed weight. If I could cancel my bet on Means I would but obviously that’s not possible to do. So if you were one of those bettors who also placed a wager on Means and were shaking your head when he missed weight, don’t worry, you’re not alone. UFC on FOX 8 looks like it’s going to be a terrific event, and aside from Albert and Means all the fighters looked solid on the scale (although Jorge Masvidal did initially miss weight he ended up making it on a second try). Good luck to all the bettors tomorrow night. Kennedy vs. Belfort Booked For UFC Brazil Card UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy today tweeted that he is fighting Vitor Belfort in Brazil sometime this fall and the news was confirmed by UFC president Dana White himself. This fight booking came out of left field but it’s actually an intriguing fight when you think about it. Belfort is obviously going to enter the favorite due to the way he’s looked lately with his brutal KOs of Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold, but he still has cardio issues and Kennedy has proven he can go five rounds before. He’s also never been knocked out and has very good grappling skills and if he can get Belfort to the ground he can make things interesting. I’m guessing Belfort opens at -250 with the comeback on Kennedy +200 and at those odds I would likely recommend a pass because I think this fight will be close than many believe. However, that doesn’t mean it makes any sense as far as the rankings go, and that’s why I’m still puzzled why the fight was booked but hey, Joe Silva knows what he’s doing.

Written by Adam Martin.

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