Oliveira’s camp blames ‘high altitude’ for missed weight cut

Yesterday, it was confirmed that Charles Oliveira weighed 155 pounds for his 145-pound clash with Ricardo Lamas at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale.

His bantamweight teammate, Felipe Arantes, also missed weight by two pounds at yesterday’s official weigh in. The Chute Boxe team made a statement on Friday, claiming that “Do Bronx” struggled with the weight cut due to the high altitude of Mexico City and the short notice terms of his fight with Lamas.

“Our athlete Charles ‘do Bronx’ was invited to fight only three weeks ago,” the statement read, per Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting. “Even with the short period of recovery, the fighter proudly accepted another challenge to represent Brazil and the UFC. Unfortunately, he was hampered by his recent bout against Anthony Pettis, in August, and the high altitude of Mexico City, and didn’t make the weight. Nevertheless, ‘Do Bronx’ is highly motivated and will fight normally, and will for sure give the fans a great fight.”Bronx’ is highly motivated and will fight normally, and will for sure give the fans a great fight.”

Oliveira has missed weight four times in the past but will continue to fight Lamas at UFC Mexico.

Chute Boxe, who also represent Arantes, said their fighter also struggled with the 7,380 ft altitude and claims the Brazilian has been battling with leg cramp.

“Felipe Arantes, on the other hand, was hampered by strong cramps in his leg, combined with his inexperience to compete in a city 2,250 meters above sea level, which didn’t allow him to continue the process of losing weight he started in Brazil, with multidisciplinary monitoring,” the statement read. “Despite the problem, ‘Sertanejo’ is fine, recovered, and his fight is also confirmed. He will go after his third consecutive victory in the division.”

The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale, which features both Oliveira vs. Lamas and Arantes vs. Erik Perez, takes place tomorrow evening at Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City tomorrow.