Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco “Suave” Rodriguez failed to cut down to 205, weighing 215 pounds at today’s IFC: Genesis weigh-ins.

Rodriguez looked extremely exhausted, barely walking to step on the scales. But for some unknown reason, the results were not announced during the weigh-ins, so I had to approach Rodriguez’s manager Tiago Okamura to ask if his client actually made weight. Okamura revealed that Rodriguez weighed around 215 pounds, also stating the following: “Ricco had a very tough time making weight because of the old injury that came back two days ago. He trained really hard. He also had a staph infection one month ago, so it’s not so easy to cut so much weight after a long recovery process. We settled the issue with Daniel Tabera and his camp, so the fight will go as planned.”

Later on, I had an interview with Ricco Rodriguez, who revealed that he decided to give up 20% of his fighting purse to Daniel Tabera: “I’m a professional fighter. What happened today was a result of many factors, but after all it’s me who did a mistake, and I have to pay for it. I didn’t have to do it, but I felt that it’s not Daniel’s fault. He prepared to fight a Light Heavyweight, so I have to compensate him.” Full interview with Ricco Rodriguez will be posted tomorrow on

All other IFC: Genesis fight card participants successfully made weight for their fights, including the card headliner Jeff Monson, who weighed 234 pounds.

The event will take place tomorrow at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel, with the first bout starting at approximately 14:00 ET. Stay tuned to for IFC: Genesis interviews, fight pictures and post-fight reactions.

Here’s some photos of what happened today at the Mercure Hotel in Bat Yam, Israel: