Newton Misses Weight; W1 Title Fight Off
On October 10, Carlos Newton and Shonie Carter were scheduled to fight for the inaugural W1 Welterweight championship. To make it official, both fighters had to weigh in tonight at 170 lbs (No one pound allowance on title fights). However, those plans changed when Carlos Newton informed W1 this morning that he would be unable to hit the 170 pound mark so a catchweight of 175 lbs was agreed upon between both camps.
At the weighins this afternoon, Carter tipped the scales at 174 pounds and Newton was 180 pounds, still 5 lbs over the catchweight, and an amazing 10 lbs over the original Welterweight target. As a result of Carlos’ excess weight, the fight is no longer for the W1 Welterweight title, a percentage of Newton’s purse goes to Carter and the length of the fight has been reduced to three rounds from the scheduled five rounds for championship fights.
Carlos is a Canadian legend but this is grossly unacceptable. Missing weight is one of the worse things a fighter can do and to miss by so far makes one wonder how serious Carlos is about fighting? This is not the first time Carlos has missed weight. He was set to face Renato Verissimo at UFC 46 at 170 pounds and it was changed to a 175 pound catchweight due to Newton being unable to get as low as 170 pounds. At that time, the reason was flight problems preventing Carlos from properly cutting the weight.
It will be interesting to see what kind of shape Carlos is in tomorrow night versus Shonie, and if the fans will get a reason from Carlos or his camp on why he missed weight by so much?
Missing weight for title fights has become an upsetting trend in Canada. Carlos Newton missing weight comes just a week away from MFC 22 where Carlos Prater was supposed to challenge MFC Lightweight champion Antonio McKee for his Lightweight title. Prater also missed weight and the fight was changed to a three round non title affair.
In addition to Carlos Newton missing weight, two other W1 fighters also missed weight. Chris Vorano also failed to make the 170 lb Welterweight limit for his fight against Nabil Khatib. Promising Feathweight fighter Tom Waters missed the 145 lb limit for his fight with Mike Hong.
This brings up the question – should there be greater consequences for fighters who miss weight? Should there be same day weighins so fighters are not cutting as much weight? How can this problem be fixed?