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No stranger to angering the Zuffa bosses, Dennis Hallman has now missed weight for a second time in the UFC. By an entire seven pounds, no less. His opponent, Thiago Tavares, turned down the fight after learning of this, and unless he has a very good excuse, Hallman may very well be out of the UFC with this screw up.
Now, that fight has been called off, with Hallman being unable to get close to the 155-pound Lightweight limit.
As reported by Ariel Helwani on the UFC on FX 5 FUEL TV broadcast for today's weigh ins, Hallman was over weight by seven pounds, forcing the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials to offer his opponent a catchweight fight. Tavares agreed to the fight if Hallman was able to get within three pounds of the weight limit, but was unable to reach 158 pounds.
Afterward, UFC President Dana White met with Hallman and his camp, in a meeting that Helwani described as "cordial," during which they simply agreed that the fight should be scrapped. Despite the apparent cordiality of their meeting, Hallman may now face an end to his time in the UFC.
This marks the third significant mess-up by Hallman in the UFC.
First, he angered White and many fans with his outrageously short shorts in a fight with Brian Ebersole at UFC 133. Then, in December of last year, Hallman missed weight by 3.5 pounds before his fight with Jon Makdessi. Unless there's a very good excuse, this could be the end of his time with the UFC.
Time will tell.