Thursday, February 1, 2007

Alternates tabbed after IFL-Houston weigh-in

Two alternates will get the call tomorrow night, after Scorpions lightweight Shane Johnson failed to make weight during this afternoon's International Fight League weigh-in in Houston. Johnson didn't even show for the mandatory trip to the scale at a packed Hooters restaurant on the Southwest Freeway, one day ahead of the IFL's Texas debut.

Johnson was tabbed to lock up with Kaz Hamanaka of the Sabres. That 155-pound bout will now be replaced by stand-ins Masaaki Izena (Sabres) and Matt Ver Halen (Scorpions). The Silverbacks' Victor Moreno also came in heavy - about two and a half pounds over the 170 welterweight limit. The coaches agreed to let Moreno's bout against Jay Hieron proceed, but Moreno's paycheck will probably still be a little lighter.

All other fighters on the card, including super-fight combatants Matt Lindland and Carlos Newton, came in on weight.

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