UFC 159 weigh-ins: Nick Catone comes in over welterweight limit, forfeits 20% of purse to opponent

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UFC 159: "Jones vs. Sonnen" weigh-ins are in the books from Newark, N.J., and Nick Catone, who faces James Head on the preliminary portion of the card, missed the 171-pound welterweight limit by two pounds, forcing him to give up 20% of his purse to his opponent.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Nick Catone did not make the impression he would have liked in his home state, as "The Jersey Devil" missed the 171-pound welterweight limit by two pounds for his fight tomorrow night (April 27, 2013) at UFC 159: "Jones vs. Sonnen."

Catone (9-4), who is currently on a two-fight losing streak and is scheduled to face James Head on the Facebook preliminary portion of the fight card, came it at 173 pounds on his first pass at the scale. Despite being given two hours, Catone did not make a second attempt.

As a result of Catone's failure to make weight, John Morgan of MMA Junkie reports the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB) has fined the 31-year-old 20 percent of his fight purse, an amount that will be determined following the event.

The portion fined from Catone's purse will be paid to Head and the match up is now considered a catchweight contest.

For complete UFC 159 weigh-in results and video click here.

UFC 159 goes down tomorrow night at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and will be headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between champion Jon Jones and challenger Chael Sonnen. Also featured on the card is a Middleweight contest of Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher as well as a heavyweight match up between Roy Nelson and Cheick Kongo.

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the UFC 159 main card action on fight night (Sat., April 27, 2013), which is slated to begin promptly at 10 p.m. ET on PPV. The latest fight-by-fight updates of the live action will begin to flow earlier than that around 6 p.m. ET with the "Prelims" bouts on Facebook and FX Channel.

For all the current news and notes on UFC 159: "Jones vs. Sonnen" be sure to check out our complete event archive right here.

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