This weekend the UFC gives us, after some uncertainty, a main event for UFC Vegas 26 between Marina Rodriguez and Michelle Waterson. Both fighters head into this one, at the UFC APEX facility, knowing an impressive win could vault them into the crowded strawweight title picture.
Despite both women normally competing at 115 lbs, and the fight having implications in that division, this bout will be going down at flyweight—due to the short notice nature of this booking. Previously this weekend was supposed to host former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillishaw’s return to the cage, opposite Cody Sandhagen, but Dillashaw was forced to withdraw due to a nasty cut he sustained in training.
The card was also supposed to feature Diego Sanchez tangling with Donald Cerrone, but—unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two weeks—you know what happened there.
Further down the card match-ups of note include Neil Magny vs. Geoff Neal and Amanda Ribas vs. Angela Hill. However, in order for any of these fights to happen, the combatants needed to make weight. You can see how they fared in the video presented below.
The video goes live at 12 PM ET.
Main Card (ESPN/ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
Flyweight: Marina Rodriguez (125.5) vs. Michelle Waterson (125)
Welterweight: Donald Cerrone (170) vs. Alex Morono (170.5)
Welterweight: Neil Magny (170.5) vs. Geoff Neal (171)
Heavyweight: Maurice Greene (237) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (264.5)
Lightweight: Diego Ferreira (160.5)* vs. Gregor Gillespie (156)
Strawweight: Amanda Ribas (115.5) vs. Angela Hill (116)
Preliminary Card (ESPN+, 5 p.m ET)
Heavyweight: Ben Rothwell (264.5) vs. Philipe Lins**
Middleweight: Phil Hawes (186) vs. Kyle Daukaus (186)
Featherweight: Mike Trizano (146) vs. L’udovit Klein (146)
Flyweight: Ryan Benoit (129)*** vs. Zarrukh Adashev (125.5)
Middleweight: Tafon Nchukwi (186) vs. Jun Yong Park (186)
Welterweight: Christian Aguilera (170.5) vs. Carlston Harris (170.5)
*Diego Ferreira missed weight by 4.5 lbs.
**Ben Rothwell vs. Philipe Lins has been cancelled due to Lins suffering an illness.
***Ryan Benoit missed weight by 3 lbs. His fight with Zarrukh Adashev has been called off.
I’m sorry Ryan Benoit but if you can’t walk to the scale you shouldn’t be able to fight in the octagon.
Scary moment today – #UFCVegas26 pic.twitter.com/63bVmRj4u9
— MyBookie MMA (@MyBookieMMA) May 7, 2021
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