According to an Aug. 25 post from MMA Jam, Rachel Wray missed the contracted weight requirement by 25 pounds for her Kingdom Promotions 6 bout against Bobbie Jenee Bedard, less than a month after changing her fighter nickname to a sweet-flavored substance that is commonly related to weight gain.
Wray, a standout striker from Kansas, took to Twitter earlier this month to let fight fans know she had changed her fight moniker to "Sugar," as a bit of an homage to past legends of combat sports who have used the "Sugar" Ray nickname with pride.
Little did she know that just a month down the road, the nickname would come back to bite her in a big way. As the story would go, Wray never arrived to the weigh-ins for her fight against Bedard because she knew she was too far off to make the contracted 115-pound weight requirement to give it a go. Rumor has it that "Sugar" Wray weighed 140 pounds just a few days before the fight was to be held, so she was forced to cancel.
If that sounds like the punchline to a bad joke, you're not alone.
“So about a week or so ago, I get a call from her coach. Now mind you, her coach and I are friends and have always had a good relationship. Well he calls and tells me that they’re having some trouble getting her to weight. He asked if we could fight at catchweight of 120," Kingdom Promotions CEO Nathan Kirby said of the situation. "So I talk Bobbie, her opponent who agrees. So a few days later I get another call from her coach. This time he says they are really struggling, that they’re doing everything they can and he’ll let me know.
“So that’s all I hear until Thursday night. Weigh ins are Friday, but I get this message from him Thursday night that she weighs 140. I mean, I didn’t even believe him, I thought he was kidding. But he did confirm that she was at 140 lbs, so Friday morning, I called Bobbie to let her know the fight is off.”
Kirby said he was disappointed that Wray was so far off from the contracted weight requirement, but noted that he was able to hold a great card even without her.
“So yeah, I’m really disappointed. We had a great card without her, but just know that I work hard to be an honest promoter. I have people to answer to. I mean, granted this whole card wasn’t built around her. We had some other great fights. But this girl (Rachel) has so much media and publicity following her. There was a lot more interest in this fight. So I promoted this fight and promoted her, and she doesn’t make weight, and cancels the fight. So, I wish her the best. But yeah, I’m very disappointed.”