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15th Nov 2018

SBG’s Blaine O’Driscoll misses out on title fight because opponent “cannot make weight”

This whole situation is a bit ridiculous

Darragh Murphy

Blaine O’Driscoll has branded his current situation “a joke” after discovering he will no longer be fighting for the Cage Warriors flyweight title this weekend.

O’Driscoll was set to challenge champion Nathan Greyson for the 125lbs belt in the main event of Cage Warriors 99 this weekend but learned on Wednesday that Greyson would no longer be competing.

According to Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan, Greyson stopped cutting weight without informing anybody and O’Driscoll now remains without a fight.

The Straight Blast Gym Ireland standout took to Instagram to vent his frustration about the situation.

“As most poeple know my fight is off this Saturday. My opponent refused to make weight yesterday evening and won’t fight Saturday,” O’Driscoll wrote.

“I love training so time spent grinding for the last 8 weeks does not bother me, but I had organized time off work and a lot of people had set aside their life and spent a lot of money to come to London to see me take that belt all all this time and money has been wasted.

“It’s a joke how this can happen with a so called champion. Don’t sign to fight if you know you can’t make the weight and waste everyone’s time.

“Thanks to Coach Kavanagh and Cage Warriors for helping me any way they can.

“Stay tuned for fight news real soon.”

Cage Warriors confirmed that O’Driscoll would be paid in full for his training efforts and the promotion is currently looking for another fight for the 26-year-old.

Greyson, meanwhile, has been accused of disrespect by Europe’s top promotion and given the current situation, his comments earlier this week suddenly look very interesting.

Speaking to Peter Carroll on MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast, Greyson admitted that he was reconsidering his time as a flyweight due to rumours about the UFC discontinuing their 125lbs division.

He said: “I’m a prizefighter now, so the incentive really isn’t there for the weight cut for this fight. It’s gone a bit weird, the incentive, because the UFC’s flyweight division doesn’t seem like it’s going to be there anymore. It’s a bit fucked up.”