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Whatever happens at UFC Fight Night 125, at least Desmond Green is going into it with a positive attitude.
Michel Prazeres, his opponent in Belem, Brazil tonight, should probably just be glad he’s going into it at all, since from the sound of it the odds are going to be stacked against Green (20-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
According to Green’s Instagram post just hours prior to fight time, Prazeres (23-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) not only failed to make weight for their main card bout, he also went ahead and broke a gentleman’s agreement regarding how much weight he could put back on afterwards.
“Michel missed weight yesterday,” Green said. “He was five pounds over. I agreed that he couldn’t be over 173 on fight day, and he agreed to it too. We come to fight day, they tell me he’s 180 right now. Me, I weigh about 163.”
As everyone knows my opponent missed weight by 5lbs, this was his 4th time in 7 fights missing weight, so I gave a stipulation that he could not be over 173 today, I just found out he is 180 currently, I am still taking this fight because I am a company man @danawhite @seanshelby @mickmaynard2 @ufc also I didn’t come all the way to Brazil to not perform, with that being said #watchmework Savages do what Savages do
So yeah, that’s a 17-pound advantage for Prazeres, just in case you didn’t feel like doing the math. And don’t forget, this fight was supposed to take place at lightweight. Assuming Green’s information is correct, that means Prazeres will get to walk into the cage 25 pounds heavier than the original contracted weight.
Still, as he explained, Green’s taking the fight anyway. As he wrote in his post (just before tagging UFC President Dana White, as well as matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard), he’s doing it in part because he’s “a company man,” but also because he “didn’t come all the way to Brazil to not perform.”
No doubt the UFC appreciates his willingness to stay in the fight, since the last thing this fight card needed was another last-minute withdrawal.
Still, at this point he’s fighting a guy who’s practically at the middleweight limit, all while he’s still seven pounds shy of welterweight. That’s a big advantage to give up, especially when you’re already in hostile territory. It should be very interesting to see how it plays out for Green later tonight.
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