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The top pound-for-pound female fighter in MMA, Amanda Nunes, will return this weekend when she faces Irene Aldana in the main event of UFC 289. Their bout for the UFC Bantamweight Championship will sit atop the promotion’s long-awaited return to Canada, from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Today we’ll be watching the weigh-in results for the card, tracking whether each fighter booked for the event can hit the limit for their bout and walk into Saturday’s Fight Night without any issues on the scale. Below are some major takeaways heading into this weekend, plus the weigh-in results you need from this afternoon.
A fresh start for Nunes
Most know Nunes for her near-2,000-day reign as champion at bantamweight from 2016 to 2021, defending her title a total of five times. But that champion is no longer around, as her current title run and the one before were broken up by a loss to Julianna Pena at UFC 269.
Nunes avenged that loss last year, scoring an incredibly dominant win over Pena to earn the title back. She’s now back on top of the throne at 135 pounds but has no title defenses to her current run. That can change this weekend when she faces Aldana, who is getting a title shot after attaining two consecutive finishes and rising up to fifth in the divisional rankings.
Pivotal lightweight bout set to take place
UFC 289 also includes a high-level lightweight bout that could determine who is next for 155-pound champ Islam Makhachev. Former titleholder Charles Oliveira will look to bounce back from an unsuccessful championship push when he takes on Beneil Dariush.
Dariush is hoping the shot will be the last win he needs before he can get a chance at the champ. He is currently on a winning streak that dates back to 2018, including eight wins in total now. Dariush is currently fourth at lightweight, making him the highest-ranked fighter in the division to have never challenged for a belt yet.
A distinctly Canadian return
UFC 289 marks UFC’s first appearance in Canada in nearly four years. Their previous UFC card was in September 2019, when they hosted a Fight Night card headlined by Donald Cerrone and Justin Gaethje.
Canada is well represented on the UFC roster, so it’s no surprise that Saturday’s card is full of talent from the country – many of which are appearing on a Canadian UFC card for the first time.
UFC 289 weigh-in results
The weigh-in for UFC 289 is expected to begin at noon ET (9 a.m. local time) and last a total of two hours. The weight that each fighter hits will be noted in the lineup below, with the further context being provided if they miss weight or if other complications come up.
Shortly before the weigh-ins begin, we will also provide a video live stream feed below where you can watch the results yourself as well.
Main Card (10 p.m. ET) (PPV)
- UFC Bantamweight Championship: Amanda Nunes (135) vs. Irene Aldana (135)
- Lightweight: Charles Oliveira (154) vs. Beneil Dariush (156)
- Welterweight: Mike Malott (169.5) vs. Adam Fugitt (170.75)
- Featherweight: Dan Ige (145.5) vs. Nate Landwehr (145.25)
- Middleweight: Eryk Anders (184.75) vs. Marc-Andre Barriault (185)
Preliminary Card (8 p.m. ET) (ESPN / ESPN+)
- Middleweight: Nassourdine Imavov (185.5) vs. Chris Curtis (185.25)
- Flyweight: Jasmine Jasudavicius (125.25) vs. Miranda Maverick (125.5)
- Bantamweight: Aiemann Zahabi (145.75) vs. Aoriqileng (135)
- Featherweight: Blake Bilder (145.5) vs. Kyle Nelson (145)
Early Prelims (7 p.m. ET) (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass)
- Flyweight: David Dvorak (125.5) vs. Steve Erceg (125.5)
- Strawweight: Diana Belbita (114.5) vs. Maria Oliveira (115.5)
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