The UFC is back this weekend with a pay-per-view offering live from the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. The main event for this one is a UFC middleweight title tilt between champion Israel Adesanya and challenger Robert Whittaker.
There’s plenty of history between these two. The pair first met in 2019. That’s when ‘The Last Stylebender’ defeated ‘The Reaper’ by TKO to claim the middleweight championship. Also on the main card middleweights Jared Cannonier and Derek Brunson fight it out for a chance to claim the next title shot in the division.
The main card also has hometown hero Derrick Lewis taking on Tai Tuivasa, Kyler Phillips vs. Marcelo Rojo and Bobby Green vs. Nasrat Haqparast.
The prelims showcase a couple of long-time veterans of the sport. There you’ll see Andrei Arlovski fight Jared Vanderaa and Roxanne Modafferi face Casey O’Neill. There are a whopping six fights planned for the early prelims. The pick of those is Alexander Hernandez vs. Renato Moicano, though don’t remind Hernandez what spot he has on the card.
Of course before any of these fights can happen, the competitors must make it passed the scales. Adesanya and Whittaker will need to be extra careful today. Since this is a title fight, neither will be permitted the usual extra pound allowance.
You can watch the weigh-ins below. This live stream is provided by our friends at MMA Fighting. It goes live at 10 AM ET.
Middleweight championship: Israel Adesanya (184) vs. Robert Whittaker (184)
Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis (266) vs. Tai Tuivasa (265)
Middleweight: Jared Cannonier (185) vs. Derek Brunson (185.5)
Bantamweight: Kyler Phillips (136) vs. Marcelo Rojo (136)
Lightweight: Bobby Green (155.5) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (156)
Prelim Card (8 PM ET on ESPN/ESPN+):
Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski vs. Jared Vanderaa (265)
Flyweight: Roxanne Modafferi (126) vs. Casey O’Neill (125.5)
Flyweight: Alex Perez (128)* vs. Matt Schnell (126)
Light heavyweight: William Knight (218)** vs. Maxim Grishin (206)
Early Prelims (6 PM ET on ESPN+)
Bantamweight: Leomana Martinez (136) vs. Ronnie Lawrence (136)
Lightweight: Alexander Hernandez (156) vs. Renato Moicano (156)
Light heavyweight: Carlos Ulberg (204) vs. Fabio Cherant (206)
Middleweight: A.J. Dobson (185) vs. Jacob Malkoun (186)
Bantamweight: Douglas Silva de Andrade (136) vs. Sergey Morozov (135)
Welterweight: Jeremiah Wells (170.5) vs. Mike Mathetha (170)
*Alex Perez misses weight by 2 lbs. The fight has been cancelled after Matt Schnell rejected a catchweight offer.
**William Knight misses weight by 12 lbs. Knight will forfeit 40% of his purse to Grishin.
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