Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is paying Scott Jorgensen and Anthony Birchak their "show" and "win" money, despite the fact that neither fighter was able to compete at UFC 177 last Saturday night (Aug. 30, 2014) in Sacramento, California.
That's because they were pulled from the "Dillashaw vs. Soto" preliminary card inside Sleep Train Arena through no fault of their own. Jorgensen missed the chance to fight when his opponent, Henry Cejudo, failed to make weight, while Birchak was benched to allow Joe Soto to replace the ailing Renan Barao.
But don't expect any checks to be cut for the scale fail, according to White's comments at the UFC 177 post-fight media scrum (watch it here):
"Barao's not making any money. I'm not paying Barao. Barao showed up and didn't fight, (and) the other kid that didn't make weight. The other kids will get paid. There's no excuse for not making weight. But (Barao) paid for it. He hurt us, he messed with the show, but that kid didn't make a paycheck, he's going home with no money. He's going home without a dime. He just paid for a camp, and who knows when he's going to fight again."
When he does return, Barao will not be in line for a title shot.
In addition, Cejudo will only be allowed to come back as a bantamweight, since his history of failed weight cuts -- and missed events -- made it clear to White (and just about everyone else) that the Olympian is done as a flyweight mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter.
For more fallout and reactions from UFC 177 check out our live story stream here.