Just two-pounds short of the 156 pound lightweight limit was Diego Sanchez at the UFC on Fuel TV 8: Silva vs. Stann weigh-ins. “The Dream” was offered an hour to shed the last two pounds, however he declined, alternatively giving up 20% of his purse to his opponent. Sanchez’s last reported purse in 2010 was $100,000, and expected to be higher today. That would leave Gomi with at least an extra $20,000 in his pocket.
Fighters struggling to cut the last few pounds overseas is not a new one. Quinton “Rampge” Jackson faced much criticism for his failure to make weight in Japan. What many fighters accredit it to is the fact that the body retains fluid more so when traveling. It may be a situation where fighters will need more time to acclimate to their new surrounds, perhaps a week prior to the bout. With dietary issues and press obligations however, it makes it next to impossible for some.