At least he made up for it.
Not only did Cody Bollinger submit Pablo Alfonso this past weekend (Sat., July 5, 2014) in one round at World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 11: "Gaethje vs. Newell," he confirmed it would be his last fight in the bantamweight division -- even if a potential title shot against Marlon Moraes could be on the horizon.
The California-based fighter finished the Brazilian with a rear naked choke after showcasing some of his impressive submission prowess, proving he's still a prospect to watch despite some minor slip ups in the past.
Some will recall the "Cali Cowboy's" scale fail on UFC's The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18, where he was mercilessly booted off the program for not making weight ahead of his tournament fight. He then signed a huge deal with Ray Sefo's upstart promotion, and after an uneventful debut against Tyson Nam this past January at WSOF 8, Bollinger failed to make weight for his bout against Alfonso (more on that here).
The young combatant is finished competing at 135 pounds, citing brutal weight cuts that are taking a toll on his body (as per WSOF):
"I felt like I had to come out and put on a show. After my last fight, I think Ray (Sefo) and Ali (Abdelaziz) were looking for a little more action. I came in here with a lot of hype and tonight I knew I had to put on a show. I'd love to fight Marlon (Moraes) but I'm done fighting at 135. My body just can't take it. I'm going to go up to 145 and fight there."
You have to respect his decision to move up in weight, and you've got to be more impressed with the fact that he's not even going to attempt staying at bantamweight for a chance to challenge the promotion's champion.
For more on WSOF 11: "Gaethje vs. Newell," check out our full play-by-play and live results right here.