New York – MMA Junkie Friday’s footage and report from the official UFC 281 Fighter weigh-ins, where two fighters miss their marks.
In the main event, the middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (23-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) challenges challenger and former kickboxing opponent Alex Pereira (6-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC). Adesanya was among the early bursts to make the weigh-in, but Pereira needed until the final minutes of the two-hour window. With five minutes remaining, Pereira made weight inside the weight box, which UFC fighters use for some extra help.
Women’s Strawweight Ccamp Carla Esparza (19-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and former titleholder Zhang Weiley (22-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) made weight without any problems when they met in the co-feature. Additionally, Michael Chandler (23-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC), and Dustin Poirier (28-7 MMA, 20-6 UFC) successfully hitting their marks ahead of a key lightweight fight.
Preliminary card fighters Mike Trisano (9-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and Ryan Spahn (20-7 MMA, 6-2 UFC) missed weight. Their struggle against Seung Woo Choi (10-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Dominic Reyes (12-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC), respectively. Trisano and Spann would both lose 20 percent of their purses to their opponents.
Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (24-10-1 MMA, 18-10-1 UFC), will fight his retirement at bantamweight. Chris Gutierrez (18-3-2 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC), made the weight again, making him 30-for-30 in his UFC tenure.
The preliminary weigh-ins took place at the UFC Hotel in New York Ceremonial weights for fansIt takes place at 4pm ET at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Nearby Madison Square Garden hosts Saturday’s event, which features the main card on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPNews and ESPN+.
Full UFC 281 weigh-in results include:
Main Card (pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Champion Israel Adesanya (185) vs. Alex Pereira (184.6) – for the middleweight title
- Champion Carla Esparza (114.8) vs. Zhang Weiley (114.8) – Women’s Strawweight Title
- Michael Chandler (155.8) vs. Dustin Poirier (156)
- Frankie Edgar (135.6) vs. Chris Gutierrez (136)
- Don Hooker (155.8) vs. Claudio Buells (155.2)
Preliminary Card (ESPNews/ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
- Renato Moicano (155.8) vs. Brad Riddell (155.6)
- Dominic Reyes (205.4) vs. Ryan Spahn (206.6)*
- Erin Blanchfield (125) vs. Molly McCann (125.4)
- Andre Petrosky (185.8) vs. Wellington Turman (185.2)
Preliminary Card (ESPNews/ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)
- Otman Asider (155.6) vs. Matt Frevola (154.8)
- Silvana Gomez Juarez (115.6) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (115.6)
- Seungwoo Choi (145.6) vs. Michael Trisano (147.6)**
- Julio Arce (135.8) vs. Mandel Jackson (135.8)
- Nicolae Negumereanu (206) vs. Carlos Ulberg (205.2)
*Spawn missed weight by 0.6 pounds and will be fined 20 percent of his fight purse.
** Trisano missed weight by 1.6 pounds and will be fined 20 percent of his fight purse.
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