Nate Diaz Gets In Pre-Fight Altercation, Weight Division Changes Suggested, Fighters Miss Weight

- Ahead of their UFC on Fox 17 fight, Nate Diaz and Michael Johnson got into a backstage altercation after Diaz shoved Johnson. The two had to be separated. UFC fighter Tamdan McCrory posted video of the incident.

I have heard about this happening but I didn't believe it until I saw it with my own eyes.!! @ufc #ufcorlando #209 @natediaz209

A video posted by Tamdan "The Barn Cat" McCrory (@thebarncatmma) on


- Several new weight divisions were recommended at at weigh cutting summit held by the California State Athletic Commission on Thursday. The divisions suggested were as follows: 115, 125, 135, 145, 155, 165,175, 185, 195, 205, 225, 265 and super heavyweight, eliminating the 170 division. UFC and Bellator are under no obligation to follow these rules. MMA Fightings' Marc Raimondi did an excellent report of the summit at this link.

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- The UFC on Fox weigh-ins are done, but not without controversy. Both Danny Castillo and Charles Oliveira missed weight, with Castillo later making the weight. Oliveira will forfeit 20 percent of his purse to opponent Nik Lentz

Main Card (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
UFC Lightweight Championship
Rafael dos Anjos (154.5) (c) vs. Donald Cerrone (#2) (154.5)

Junior Dos Santos (#2) (239) vs. Alistair Overeem (#9) (243)

Nate Diaz (#15) (156) vs. Michael Johnson (#6) (155.5)

Karolina Kowalkiewicz (114.5) vs. Randa Markos (#7) (116)

Prelim Card (FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET)

Myles Jury (#9) (146) vs. Charles Oliveira (#7) (150.5) - Oliveira missed weight

C.B. Dollaway (185.5) vs. Nate Marquardt (186)

Sarah Kaufman (#5) (136) vs. Valentina Shevchenko (134)

Tamdan McCrory (185) vs. Josh Samman (186)

Danny Castillo (158)* vs. Nik Lentz (#10) (156) - Castillo eventually made weight

Jim Alers (145) vs. Cole Miller (146)

Early Prelims(UFC Fight Pass, 3:30 p.m. ET)

Leon Edwards (171) vs. Kamaru Usman (171)

Hayder Hassan (170) vs. Vicente Luque (171)

Luis Henrique (248) vs. Francis Ngannou (254)

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