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Two miss weight, one bout scrapped during UFC Fight Night 18 weigh-ins

Jeremy Stephens and Gleison Tibau both missed weight for their lightweight bout against one another. Stephens came in at 158 pounds while Tibau tipped the scales at 156.5 pounds. The absolute limit for the weight class is 156 pounds. Both men have since agreed to a catchweight bout at 158 pounds.

The middleweight bout between Steve Stenbeiss and Ryan Jensen was cancelled. Multiple sources are reporting that the bout was removed from the card at the last second because of Jensen’s admitted use of the prescription drug Adderall which caused an issue with him getting medically approved.

All other fighters made weight for the event that will take place tonight at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The weigh-ins were relatively uneventful with the exception of some brief fireworks during the Junie Browning vs. Cole Miller stare down. Miller had some choice words for Browning, and UFC president Dana White had to step in between the two when Miller advanced towards Browning. Browning was surprisingly calm during the entire episode.

Below is a full list of the weigh in results:

Carlos Condit (170.5) vs. Martin Kampmann (170)
Ryan Bader (206) vs. Carmelo Marrero (205)
Tyson Griffin (156) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (156)
Cole Miller (156) vs. Junie Browning (156)
Jeremy Stephens (158) vs. Gleison Tibau (156.5)
Ricardo Almeida (185.5) vs. Matt Horwich (185)
Brock Larson (171) vs. Jesse Sanders (171)
Nick Catone (186) vs. Tim Credeur (186)
Jorge Rivera (185) vs. Nissen Osterneck (186)
Rob Kimmons (185) vs. Joe Vedepo (184)
Aaron Simpson (186) vs. Tim McKenzie (184.5)

  • Austin says:

    “Jeremy Stephens and Gleison Tibau both missed weight for their lightweight bout against one another.”
    You better be april foolsin me.

  • ace328 says:

    It almost sounds like one of them heard the other wasn’t going to make weight and stopped cutting himself.

  • Angry Mike says:

    I think we should stop using the term “catchweight” for fighters who aren’t professional enough to cut properly. How about “SchmuckWeight” or “Wanker Weight?”

  • bjsmith says:

    I have been good friends with Ryan Jensen for about 15 years, and was with him throughout the month of March in Albuquerque, helping with his training camp at Greg Jackson’s. Ryan has had ADD/ADHD for as long as I’ve known him. He disclosed his prescription use of Adderall during his pre-fight physical in late February. On Wednesday, March 25th, he faxed paperwork for his sponsors, etc, and again disclosed his prescription as well. Not until seconds before Jensen and Steinbeiss were about to take the stage for weigh-ins, did the Tennessee State Athletic Commission say anything about Jensen’s prescription. In addition to this, Jensen has disclosed the use of his prescription medication since day one. The Athletic Commissions in California, Ohio, Nebraska, Iowa, etc. did not have a problem with it, and allowed him to fight.

    Obviously, they weren’t allowed to weigh-in as scheduled, because the Tennessee AC said that Adderall is a banned substance, and that the fight could not proceed as scheduled. Former Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and current Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the UFC, Marc Ratner, argued with Tennessee officials on Jensen’s behalf. The Tennessee AC said that the prescription medication Ritalin (methylphenidate) was allowed, but Adderall was not. I am a PhD student studying Pharmacology, and understand both drugs quite well. Both are FDA approved for the treatment of ADD/ADHD, and act as Central Nervous System stimulants. Their method of action is virtually identical, as well as their side effects.

    The last time Jensen took the medication was the morning of Monday, March 30th — and it was only 5 mg, which is a very small dose relative to what others with ADD/ADHD take. It is not uncommon for individuals to take up to 150 mg per day. The drug has a half life of 11-13 hours, and given the dose Jensen was taking, he would have in all likelihood passed the post-fight drug test. In fact, Jensen volunteered to take a drug test on Tuesday, March 31st, to prove that the medication was out of his system. The Tennessee AC would not administer a drug test, and told him that he could not fight on Wednesday, April 1st.

    Like I stated, numerous state athletic commissions have allowed him to compete, and he has had a legitimate prescription for years. He provided the Tennessee AC documentation from his physician, as well as documentation from other state commissions that had cleared him to fight in the past, while using his prescribed medication.

    For what it’s worth, I don’t necessarily agree with using pharmaceuticals to treat many cases of ADD/ADHD in children and teens. I think that improved parenting, teaching styles, etc, could be very beneficial for youths with the disability.

    With that being said, I have witnessed firsthand in Jensen the effectiveness in his day-to-day quality of life, etc. from the use of prescription Adderall.

    Ryan is honest and was candid regarding his Adderall Rx. If he had not disclosed his medication, Jensen would have been allowed to fight, and would have had a significant probability of passing a post-fight urinalysis.

    The Tennessee AC dropped the ball on this. Jensen spent over a month living in a hotel 1000 miles from home, and was in tremendous shape. I don’t doubt that Steinbeiss sacrificed greatly and trained his ass off as well. I could go on and on — obviously I’m upset because Ryan is a good friend of mine. Regardless, he got screwed, and it was not by the UFC or Zuffa. UFC officials were diligent in their efforts to make the fight happen as scheduled. Ryan did everything expected of him as a fighter — he showed up well prepared, in shape, and made weight. The blame lies on an inexperienced, uninformed Tennessee State Athletic Commission…


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