Buckle up, this could be a wild one.
This weekend we have UFC 266 with a title double-header on top. In the main event Alexander Volkanovski looks to defend his featherweight title versus Brian Ortega. In the co-main Valentina Shevchenko defends her flyweight title versus Lauren Murphy.
The weigh-ins for this event could be pretty interesting. With two title fights on tap, four fighters will need to make weight without an extra pound allowance. Volkanovski and Shevchenko have never appeared to have problems with this in the past, but this is new territory for Ortega and Murphy and—last time out—Ortega needed an emergency haircut to make weight.
There’s also The People’s Main Event between Nick Diaz and Robbie Lawler. This fight was a welterweight bout until a few days ago when it was shifted to middleweight. So who knows where those fighters will clock in on the scales.
The prelims have Dan Hooker and Nasrat Haqparast, two fighters who have been struggling with visa issues and have had to cut some of the weight while in-flight.
The early prelims also have a fighter to watch on the scales, with Jalin Turner likely to bring along his pet tarantula for the ride.
You can check out how the action unfolds right here, with video provided by the fine folks at MMA Fighting. Their live stream kicks off at 12 PM ET.
The ceremonial weigh-ins for this event happen at 7 PM ET. Those can be viewed below:
Main Card (ESPN+ pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET)
Featherweight title: Alexander Volkanovski (144.5 lbs) vs. Brian Ortega (144 lbs)
Flyweight title: Valentina Shevchenko (124 lbs) vs. Lauren Murphy (125 lbs)
Middleweight: Robbie Lawler (184 lbs) vs. Nick Diaz (185.5 lbs)
Heavyweight: Curtis Blaydes (261 lbs) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (257 lbs)
Flyweight: Jessica Andrade (126 lbs) vs. Cynthia Calvillo (126 lbs)
Preliminary Card (ESPNN, ESPN+ at 8:00 p.m. ET)
Bantamweight: Marlon Moraes (135.5 lbs) vs. Merab Dvalishvili (135.5 lbs)
Lightweight: Dan Hooker (155.5 lbs) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (154.5 lbs)
Heavyweight: Shamil Abdurakhimov (258 lbs) vs. Chris Daukaus (231 lbs)
Flyweight: Roxanne Modafferi (125.5 lbs) vs. Talia Santos (125 lbs)
Early Prelims (ESPN+ at 6:00 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Uros Medic (156 lbs) vs. Jalin Turner (156 lbs)
Middleweight: Nick Maximov (185.5 lbs) vs. Cody Brundage (185.5 lbs)
Welterweight: Matt Semelsberger (170.5 lbs) vs. Martin Sano (170 lbs)
Featherweight: Omar Morales (145.5 lbs) vs. Jonathan Pearce (145.5 lbs)
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