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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Challenger loses UFC title shot before bout begins

You gotta love the way Travis Lutter of Fort Worth, Texas, approached the biggest break of his career. The mixed-martial arts fighter won Season 4 of The Ultimate Fighter and thus earned a shot at the UFC middleweight championship.
Lutter was supposed to fight champion Anderson Silva tonight in Las Vegas with the crown on the line. Instead, Lutter missed Friday's weight-in by 1.5 pounds. He tipped the scales at 187 Friday, more than the 185-pound limit. He was given two hours to trim down, but could only muster a 186.5-pound reading.
Consequently, Saturday's title bout and marquee matchup in UFC 67: All of Nothing is now a three-round non-title fight.
Congrats to Lutter for throwing his one-and-only shot at glory out the window.


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