Henry Corrales had a huge night at Bellator 214.
Not because he smoked Aaron Pico on the Paramount Network main card (video), but rather because he was literally huge, tipping the fight night scale at 167.6 pounds, a far cry from his 145.7 at the official weigh ins the day before.
That’s 14.8 percent, 21.9 pounds, and 9933.673 grams for all you math wizards out there.
Unfortunately for Corrales, 32, California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) flags anyone over 10-percent following rehydration, putting “OK” in violation of this new policy. As a result, he cannot be licensed to compete at featherweight without prior clearance from a physician, according to a report from MMA Fighting.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) faced a similar situation at UFC 232 just last month, with a handful of combatants — including Alexander Volkanovski — coming back as high as 14 percent (more on that here).
While requiring a doctor’s note is certainly a step in the right direction, this latest attempt to dissuade extreme weight cuts will only have a significant impact when it’s adopted by all stateside regulatory bodies, so that promotions can avoid disasters like this.
Or even worse, this.
Corrales (17-3) is now the winner of five straight with three knockout finishes.