Montel Jackson competed on the preliminary card of UFC 232, scoring a first round submission win over Brian Kelleher.
A victorious Jackson came in over weight for the bout, but blames the issues on some inconsistencies with the scale.
“We went to a 24-Hour Fitness and they had a scale there and we (were) thinking it was going to be like a pound off, but it happened to be like a pound-and-a-half off,” Jackson said after the event. “I’m coming back thinking, ‘I’m at ’37 on this scale, so on the other scale it’ll be a pound difference.’ When we went back to the hotel for the official weigh-in I stepped on the scale and it said 138. I was two pounds over so I jumped back in the sauna box for like 30 minutes and I came out thinking, ‘I should be somewhere close.’ I got to the scale and was still lone over. I was pissed about that. Every time I’ve traveled to a UFC event there’s always been a good scale where we (were) cutting weight at. It’s never been a problem up to this point, so it’s a lesson learned then.”
This was the first weigh-in miss for Jackson in the UFC, who made his promotional debut earlier this year at UFC 227.
Despite the recent stumble, a confident Jackson still wants to become the best fighter in the promotion when its all said and done.
“I’m here for everybody,” Jackson said. “I’m not going to say specifically, ‘I want this guy or that guy.’ I want them all. To be the best you’ve got to beat the best.”
There is no word yet on whom Jackson will fight next, as the competitor currently holds a 1-1-0 record in the promotion.