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NEW YORK – MMA Junkie was on the scene and reporting on Friday’s official UFC 281 fighter weigh-in, the place two fighters missed their marks.

In the primary occasion, middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (23-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) faces challenger and former kickboxing opponent Alex Pereira (6-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC). Adesanya was among the many first fighters to weigh in, however Pereira wanted it till the ultimate minutes of the two-hour window. With 5 minutes to go, Pereira weighed within the weigh field that UFC fighters use to undress for additional assist with the scales.

Girls’s strawweight champion Carla Esparza (19-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and former champion Zhang Weili (22-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who meet within the co-feature made weight with no issues. Moreover, Michael Chandler (23-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Dustin Poirier (28-7 MMA, 20-6 UFC) efficiently hit their marks forward of an essential light-weight battle.

Nevertheless, preliminary card fighters Mike Trizano (9-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and Ryan Spann (20-7 MMA, 6-2 UFC) misplaced weight. His fights towards Seung Woo Choi (10-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Dominick Reyes (12-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC), respectively, will proceed. Trizano and Spann will lose 20% of their luggage to their opponents.

Former light-weight champion Frankie Edgar (24-10-1 MMA, 18-10-1 UFC), who fights in what is going to doubtless be his retirement battle at bantamweight towards Chris Gutierrez (18-3-2 MMA, 6 -1-1 UFC), returned to weigh in, which made him 30-30 in his UFC tenure.

The primary weigh-ins occurred on the UFC headquarters lodge in New York and precede the ceremonial weigh-ins for followers, which happen at 4 pm at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor in New York. Close by Madison Sq. Backyard hosts Saturday’s occasion, which has a pay-per-view fundamental card following the ESPNews preliminaries and ESPN+ preliminary preliminaries.

The entire UFC 281 weigh-in outcomes included:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 22:00 ET)

  • Champion Israel Adesanya (185) vs Alex Pereira (184.6) – for the middleweight title
  • Champion Carla Esparza (114.8) vs Zhang Weili (114.8) – for the ladies’s strawweight title
  • Michael Chandler (155.8) vs Dustin Poirier (156)
  • Frankie Edgar (135.6) vs. Chris Gutierrez(136)
  • Dan Hooker (155.8) vs. Claudio Puelles (155.2)

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPNews/ESPN+, 8pm ET)

  • Renato Moicano (155.8) vs Brad Riddell (155.6)
  • Dominick Reyes (205.4) x Ryan Spann (206.6)*
  • Erin Blanchfield (125) vs Molly McCann (125.4)
  • André Petroski (185.8) vs Wellington Turman (185.2)

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPNews/ESPN+, 6pm ET)

  • Ottman Azaitar (155.6) vs Matt Frevola (154.8)
  • Silvana Gomez Juarez (115.6) vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz (115.6)
  • Seungwoo Choi (145.6) vs. Michael Trizano (147.6)**
  • Julio Arce (135.8) vs. Montel Jackson (135.8)
  • Nicolae Negumereanu (206) vs Carlos Ulberg (205.2)

*Spann misplaced weight by 0.6 kilos and can be fined 20% of his battle purse.
**Trizano misplaced weight by 1.6 kilos and can be fined 20% of his battle purse.

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