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Professional Fighters League alters first fight card after weigh-in issues

PFL co-president Carlos Silva speaks at the open

PFL co-president Carlos Silva speaks at the open workout for Professional Fighters League 1 outside Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Credit: Newsday / Ryan Gerbosi

Kelvin Tiller made weight. As did Alex Nicholson. However, the two will not be fighting each other on Thursday in the Professional Fighters League’s debut event at Hulu Theater.

That was just one of three fights changed on Wednesday afternoon at issues at weigh-ins earlier in the day.

Tiller came in at 265.4 pounds on Wednesday morning in Manhattan during weigh-ins for PFL 1. That was within the one-pound allowance of the heavyweight limit. Nicholson weighed in at 214.6 pounds. That’s a difference of 50.8 pounds, far exceeding the New York State Athletic Commission’s rule for weight differential. Under NYSAC rules for a heavyweight bout, both fighters must be within 25 pounds of one another.

Shawn Jordan came in well over the 266-pound weight limit at 275.2 pounds. His bout against Philipe Lens (231 pounds) was canceled.

Nicholson will now face Jake Heun (224) in the main card to be televised on NBC SN. Caio Alencar (243.2), Heun’s original opponent, will now fight Tiller as they are within the 25-pound limit.

PFL co-president Carlos Silva told Newsday late last month that if a fight is called off because of someone missing weight, the on-weight fighter still would earn three points for the walkover. (PFL does its regular season based on a point system — three for a win, zero for a loss and one for a draw, with bonus points possible based on what round a fight is stopped in.)

Freeport’s Andre Harrison of Bellmore Kickboxing and Marcos Galvao of Long Island MMA in Farmingdale made weight for their featherweight bouts. All other fighters also made weight for Thursday’s start to the PFL’s new format that features a two-fight regular season, playoffs and a $1 million championship bout in six different weight classes.

Main card, 9 p.m. on NBCSN

Featherweight: Andre Harrison (145.2) vs. Jumabieke Tuerxun (144.8)

Featherweight: Lance Palmer (145.6) vs. Bekbulat Magomedov (145.2)

*Heavyweight: Shawn Jordan (275.2) vs. Philipe Lins (231)

Featherweight: Timur Valiev (146) vs. Max Coga (146)

Heavyweight: Alex Nicholson (214.6) vs. Jake Heun (224)

Prelims, 6 p.m. on Facebook Watch

Heavyweight: Jared Rosholt (245) vs. Valdrin Istrefi (248.2)

Heavyweight: Josh Copeland (258.4) vs. Jack May (262)

Featherweight: Marcos Galvao (145.4) vs. Nazareno Malegarie (145.8)

Heavyweight: Caio Alencar (243.2) vs. Kelvin Tiller (265.4)

Featherweight: Magomed Idrisov (145) vs. Steven Siler (145.2)

Featherweight: Alexandre Almeida (145.8) vs. Lee Coville (143.8)

Heavyweight: Francimar Barroso (240.2) vs. Daniel Gallemore (255.2)

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