And then there were eight.
Less than a week after The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "China" Finale was hit with a major injury, forcing the cancelation of the Yang Jianping vs. Ning Guangyou featherweight tournament final (details), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been forced to scrap the welterweight affair featuring Zak Cummings vs. Alberto Mina.
Cummings missed weight by a whopping eight pounds (see the results here).
"It sucks when guys come in and don't make weight," said UFC President Dana White (via MMA Junkie). "They have one job: to get ready for the fight, train and make weight. That's definitely a career killer."
Following Cummings' scale-tipping snafu, Mina was advised by his coaches to refuse a 178-pound catchweight bout and will instead collect both his show and win money. As a result, tomorrow's (March 1, 2014) TUF: "China" Finale in Macau is now down to just eight bouts.
170 lbs.: John Hathaway vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Fight Pass Main Card (8 a.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Wang Sai vs. Zhang Lipeng (TUF: China welterweight tournament final)
265 lbs.: Shawn Jordan vs. Matt Mitrione
145 lbs.: Hatsu Hioki vs. Ivan Menjivar
Fight Pass Prelims (6 a.m. ET):
155 lbs.: Yui Chul Nam vs. Kazuki Tokudome
135 lbs.: Vaughan Lee vs. Nam Phan
170 lbs.: Albert Cheng vs. Anying Wang
145 lbs.: Mark Eddiva vs. Jumabieke Tuerxun
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire TUF: "China" Finale fight card tomorrow (Sat., March 1, 2014), starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. ET, right on through the main card bouts -- also on Fight Pass -- which are slated to begin at 8 a.m. ET.
See you then!