KOTC Catalyst Weigh-In Results
Top MMA News’ Josh Oliveira is attending King of the Cage Catalyst this weekend. At the weigh-ins, both Middleweight title combatants made weight. To make their rematch official, Jason Volpe weighed in at 184 lbs while Ryan Chiappe weighed in at 185.
In the semi-main event, South Korean co-main event fighter Chang Hyun “Armbar” Kim (14-5) had some difficulty making weight, which he blamed on the fact that the weight classes are different in his homeland and in Japan. This being his first fight in Canada, he was forced to drop several more pounds than he’s accustomed to. He did, however, eventually make it to an acceptable 157 lbs.
Main card fighter Chad Bellwood also failed to make weight for his 155 lb. contest against Darcy James. According to the Vernon Athletic Commission’s Vice Chairman, Saleem Taj, both fighters have agreed to fight as scheduled, but that Bellwood will surrender 20% of his purse to his opponent.
Amateur fighter Cam Deleume initially weighed in at 150 lbs. for his 145 lb. contest against Curran Allen. After sweating off the remaining pounds, Deleume eventually weighed in at an acceptable 146 lbs.
Unfortunately, Ethan Owusa pulled out of his fight due to illness. Owusa was set to make his professional debut against Ryan Billingal. He was replaced by Leith Optland (1-1) who impressed Vernon fans at EFC 8 in October by submitting the bigger, stronger Jules Russel.
KOTC Catalyst: Weigh-In Results:
Ryan Chiappe (185 lbs.) vs Jason Volpe (184 lbs.)
*** for KOTC Canada Middleweight title
Chang Hyun Kim (157 lbs.) vs. Vinicius Lemos (154 lbs.)
Clay Davisdon (205 lbs.) vs. Matt Baker (204.5 lbs.)
Brian Coldwell (184 lbs.) vs. Del Melnyk (185 lbs.)
Mike Reid (170 lbs.) vs. Colin Daynes (170 lbs.)
Rakan Khatib (170 lbs.) vs. Joe Verbeetan (170 lbs.)
Chad Bellwood (158.5 lbs***) vs. Darcy James (155.5 lbs.)
Brendan Frost (150) vs. Upneet Rai (150)
Graham Spencer (145) vs. Wesley Neil (146.5)
Leith Optland (185) vs. Ryan Billingal (184.5)
Tyson Veitch (151.5 lbs.) vs. CJ Bagg (151)
Curran Allen (145 lbs.) vs. Cam Deleume (146)
Kamryn Winter (125) vs. Aamon Judge (125.5)
* Josh Oliveira also writes for BC MMA Fan
**Photo by Josh Oliveira