The weigh in event for ONE FC: "Rise to Power" took place earlier today (May 30, 2013) at the SM Mall of Asia Arena and was extremely eventful with four fighters missing weight, most notably Ryan Diaz, who came in almost 10 pounds over the bantamweight limit ahead of his bout against Yusup Saadulaev.
There will be two ONE FC titles on the line as well as the final of the Bantamweight Grand Prix and all the fighters in these contests made weight at the first attempt. Honorio Banario, who is defending his Featherweight belt, came in at 144.7 pounds while his opponent, Koji Oishi, weighed 144.8 pounds.
Koetsu Okazaki and Bibiano Fernandes both tipped the scales at 134.4 pounds ahead of their fight for the interim bantamweight belt while ONE FC bantamweight GP finalists Kevin Belingon and Masakatsu Ueda were 134 and 134.6 pounds, respectively.
The other three fighters to miss weight were Tim Sylvia, Andrew Leone and Lowen Tynanes and ONE FC officials confirmed that all will have money deducted from their purses. The bout between Saadulaev and Diaz was in jeopardy but Matt Hume was able to broker a deal which will allow it to go ahead despite the difference in weight.
ONE FC: ‘Rise to Power , SM Mall of Asia Arena, Manila,
Honorio Banario (144.7) vs. Koji Oishi (144.8) - for featherweight title
Bibiano Fernandes (134.4) vs. Koetsu Okazaki (134.4) - for interim bantamweight title
Kevin Belingon (134) vs. Masakatsu Ueda (134.6) - bantamweight grand-prix final
Geje Eustaquio (124.7) vs. Andrew Leone (127.7)
Ryan Diaz (144.8) vs. Yusup Saadulaev (134.4)
Felipe Enomoto (153.1) vs. Lowen Tynanes (155.2)
Tony Johnson (264.2) vs. Tim Sylvia (271)
The first fight (Tony Johnson vs. Tim Sylvia) gets underway at 6:30 am ET and the entire card can be purchased for $9.99 with the three-fight undercard free to view. For more information visit: www.onefc.com.