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Video: Pancrase fighter dragged onto scale, still allowed to fight

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Brazilian strawweight fighter Daniel Lima was still allowed to compete, despite his obvious struggle to step onto the scales before Sunday’s Pancrase event in Japan.

It is safe to conclude that Japan’s MMA regulations are far more lax than that of the United States’. And it was once again evident during this weekend’s recently concluded Pancrase 290.

As seen in the video, Brazilian strawweight fighter Daniel Lima was getting ready to step onto the scales and weigh in for his fight against Daichi Kitakata. But his struggle to stand up and walk upright was apparent, as he was being propped up by two of his coaches all throughout the weigh-in procedure.

Lima spoke to MMA Fighting a couple of hours before the event on Sunday, revealing that he had to cut 16 pounds in two days to make the 115-pound limit. He still missed weight by two pounds, but he did not want to pass up the chance of fighting outside his home country for the first time.

“Since it was my first time outside of Brazil and I had no experience, I thought it would be easy. It was tough, painful,” Lima said.

Which was why when Pancrase officials asked him if he would be able to continue to fight, he gave a yes without hesitation.

“Of course, I’m ready and strong,” he replied.

Lima was able to fight out the entire 15 minutes, but his valiant efforts only earned him another decision loss on his record. But for him, he had done enough to at least win the first two rounds, and feels he should have been awarded the victory.

“They gave it to him,” Lima said after the fight. “I was weak due to the extreme weight cut (at the weigh-ins), but I was really fine, 100 percent for the fight.”

Lima now drops to a record of 12-6.

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