Conor McGregor set the tone early for Fridays main UFC 257 weigh-ins.
The former two-division champion was the first fighter to the scale and he revealed up at championship weight, coming in at 155 pounds for Saturdays headliner against Dustin Poirier. Poirier likewise successfully strike the mark at 156 pounds to make the rematch authorities.
In the first conference between Poirier and McGregor at UFC 178 in September 2014, McGregor defeated Poirier by first-round TKO.
Co-main occasion lightweights Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler also effectively made weight, both being available in at 156 pounds. Chandler, a three-time Bellator champ, makes his UFC debut on Saturday.
The weigh-ins were not without drama nevertheless, as two fighters did not make it to the scale and 2 others missed out on weight on their very first efforts.
Officials announced early in the procedures that Ottman Azaitar ran out his primary card lightweight bout with Matt Frevola due to “a recent infraction of the health and security protocols involving” Azaitar, per the UFC. Frevola still appeared and made weight at 155.5 pounds.
A middleweight match between Andrew Sanchez and Makhmud Muradov is expected to open the pay-per-view primary card with the cancellation of Azaitar-Frevola.
Lightweight Nasrat Haqparast did not make an appearance throughout the two-hour weigh-in window and he will not be competing on Saturday. Authorities later on announced his withdrawal was due to an illness. Haqparasts arranged opponent Arman Tsarukyan likewise had difficulties, coming in three pounds over the lightweight limitation at 159.
Tsarukyan was offered an additional hour to cut weight, but could just make it down to 157 pounds on his 2nd attempt. However, a matchup between Frevola and Tsarukyan has actually been set up with Tsarukayn forfeiting 20 percent of his handbag to Frevola, sources with understanding of the change told MMA Fighting following an initial report by TSN.
Khalil Rountree also came in heavy, weighing in 0.5 pounds over the 205-pound limit (including a one-pound allowance for non-title fights). He was offered an extra hour to make weight and successfully did so on his second attempt, can be found in at 206 pounds.
See the main UFC 257 weigh-in results listed below:
Main card (ESPN+ pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET).
Dustin Poirier (156) vs. Conor McGregor (155 ).
Dan Hooker (156) vs. Michael Chandler (156 ).
Jessica Eye (126) vs. Joanne Calderwood (126 ).
Marina Rodriguez (116) vs. Amanda Ribas (116 ).
Makhmud Muradov (186) vs. Andrew Sanchez (186 ).
Preliminary card (ESPN, ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET).
Matt Frevola (155.5) vs. Arman Tsarukyan (157 )*.
Brad Tavares (185.5) vs. Antonio Carlos Junior (185 ).
Sara McMann (135) vs. Julianna Pena (136 ).
Khalil Rountree (206 )** vs. Marcin Prachnio (205 ).
Early Prelims (ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET).
Nik Lentz (150) vs. Movsar Evloev (150) – 150-pound catchweight bout.
Amir Albazi (126) vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (126 ).
* A 157-pound catchweight bout between Frevola and Tsarukyan was set up after their initially set up opponents, Ottman Azaitar and Nasrat Haqparast, were removed of the UFC 257 card. Azaitar was announced as having been removed due to “a current violation of the health and security protocols,” while Haqparast failed to appear to weigh-in during the main two-hour window.
** Rountree made weight on his second attempt after initially weighing in at 206.5 pounds.