By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA
Even under California’s strict guidelines surrounding weight cutting in mixed martial arts, West Coast Fighting Championships (WFC) dropped an exorbitant amount of poundage leading into WFC 17: Jones vs. Montgomery, nearly causing the card to fail its medical examination.
Originally, WFC 17 contracted the efforts of six superstars in the region to battle it out for supremacy in The Golden State. Due to a spat of good luck, depending on whose prism you peer through, and unfortunate happenstance, each title bout: heavyweight, lightweight, and bantamweight vaporized. Josh Emmett, the reigning WFC lightweight champion, was recruited by the UFC to compete at UFC Fight Night Rotterdam: Overeem vs. Arlovski on May 9, and WFC’s heavyweight champion, Josh “The Juggernaut” Appelt, was also called to a stage with a worldwide presence, Bellator MMA, to appear in the co-main event of Bellator 154 on May 14. Frustratingly enough, the injury bug bit and shut down the matchup for the vacant bantamweight belt.
Absorbing a crushing three-strike combination, the executives at WFC huddled up in the corner, applied an enswell to their foreheads, and decided to push forward with WFC 17. Therefore, twenty-four hours before stepping into the cage on May 8, the twenty-two fighters remaining on WFC 17’s card stepped onto the scale.
Nothing changed for those who still wish to cast a daunting shadow over their opponent while standing under the bright lights of the McClellan Conference Center. If there weren’t any championship markers hanging in the balance, you couldn’t read it on the puckered cheeks and hungry eyes of each competitor. After a brief rules meeting, Tim Brown, WFC’s ring announcer, transformed any tension in the room into game time.
Justin Jones (204) vs. Drew Montgomery (204.4)
Mario Soto (155.4) vs. Danny Ramirez (155.4)
Nico Lozada (126) vs. Mefi Monterroso (125)
Michael Olson (135.4) vs. Brandon Frunk (135)
Martin Day (136) vs. Anthony Torres (135)
Aarason Perry (170.4) vs. Zachery Andrews (170.6)
Dillon Moore (146.4) vs. Jon Lorens (145)
The WFC amateur flyweight champion David Klingsheim (125.6) vs. Kyle Gothan (124)
Andrew Chavez (155.4) vs. Camilo Mejia (157.2)
Blake Benson (144.6) vs. Jordan Mapa (146.2)
David Skuba (147.4) vs. Calob Ramirez (147.4)
When finished fighting gravity, the athletes began refueling and refocusing on the, winner-takes-all, prizefight set for tomorrow.
Watch the weigh-ins for yourself here: