The cozy confines of the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas plays host to a heavyweight throwdown tomorrow night between Derrick Lewis and Curtis Blaydes. In addition to this fight there are 14 (!) other bouts scheduled for this event.
Whether all 15 fights survive to fight night is yet to be seen. If current trends of positive COVID-19 tests and weight-cut snafus continue, we might see a fair number of those fights chopped or rearranged in the next 24 hours.
The main event is probably not at risk when it comes to weigh-cutting, with both heavyweights likely to step on the scales wearing some of their street clothes. However, COVID-19 might raise its ugly head — just like it did a few months back when Lewis vs. Blaydes was scrapped on weigh-in day due to a failed COVID test for Blaydes.
You can see all the drama (or hopefully, lack thereof) in the video that will be provided below. The stream starts at 12 PM ET. This video is via MMA Junkie.
Main Card (ESPN+, 8:00 p.m. ET)
Heavyweight: Curtis Blaydes (259) vs. Derrick Lewis (263)
Bantamweight: Ketlen Vieira (138)* vs. Yana Kunitskaya (135.5)
Featherweight: Charles Rosa (146) vs. Darrick Minner (146)
Heavyweight: Aleksei Oleinik (240) vs. Chris Daukaus (234)
Middleweight: Phil Hawes (185) vs. Nassourdine Imavov (185.5)
Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski (249) vs. Tom Aspinall (244.5)
Preliminary Card (ESPN+, 5:00 p.m. ET)
Featherweight: Jared Gordon (150)** vs. Daniel Chavez (145)
Lightweight: Drakkar Klose (156) vs. Luis Pena (155.5)
Bantamweight: Eddie Wineland (135.5) vs. John Castaneda (136)
Featherweight: Nate Landwehr (146) vs. Julian Erosa (145.5)
Featherweight: Rafael Alves (157.5)*** vs. Pat Sabatini (145.5)
Flyweight: Shana Dobson (126) vs. Casey O’Neill (125.5)
Featherweight: Chas Skelly (146) vs. Jamall Emmers (145.5)
Bantamweight: Aiemann Zahabi (136) vs. Drako Rodriguez (140.5)****
Heavyweight: Serghei Spivac (245) vs. Jared Vanderaa (265)
*Ketlen Vieira misses weight by 2 lbs.
**Jared Gordon missed weight by 4 lbs.
***Rafael Alves misses weight by 11.5 lbs. His bout with Pat Sabatini has been cancelled.
****Drako Rodriguez missed weight by 4.5 lbs.
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