Alex Pereira avoids the problem dramatically

Alex Pereira avoids the problem dramatically

NEW YORK – MMA Junkie was on the scene and reporting from Friday’s official UFC 281 Fighter weigh-ins, where two fighters miss their mark.

Middleweight champion in the main event Israel Adesanya (23-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) fights challenger and former kickboxing opponent Alex Pereira (6-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC). Adesanya was among the Warriors’ early bursts, but Pereira was needed until the final minutes of the two-hour window. With five minutes left, Pereira made weight inside the weigh-in box UFC fighters use to step down on the scale for some extra help.

Women’s Strawweight Camp Carla Esparza (19-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and former titleholder Zhang Weili (22-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who meet in the co-feature, make weight without issue. Also, Michael Chandler (23-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC), and Dustin Poirier (28-7 MMA, 20-6 UFC) successfully hit their marks ahead of an important lightweight bout.

Basic Card Fighter Mike Trizano (9-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and Ryan Spahn (20-7 MMA, 6-2 UFC) missed weight, however. Their fight against Seung Woo Choi (10-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Dominic Reis (12-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC), respectively, will advance. Trizano and Spann will each forfeit 20 percent of their purse to their opponents.

Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (24-10-1 MMA, 18-10-1 UFC), who fights in his retirement at bantamweight Chris Gutierrez (18-3-2 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC), made weight again, making it 30-for-30 in his UFC tenure.

The preliminary weigh-in took place at the UFC host hotel in New York and preceded it Official weigh-ins for fans, which takes place at New York’s Radio City Music Hall at 4 p.m. Nearby Madison Square Garden hosts Saturday’s event, which has a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.

Complete UFC 281 weigh-in results include:

Main Card (Pay-Per-View, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Israel Adesanya (185) vs. Alex Pereira (184.6) – Middleweight Title
  • Champ Carla Esparza (114.8) vs. Zhang Weili (114.8) – For Women’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 Pueles (155.2)

Preliminary Card (ESPNews/ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Renato Moicano (155.8) vs. Brad Riedel (155.6)
  • Dominic Reyes (205.4) vs. Ryan Spann (206.6)*
  • Erin Blanchfield (125) vs. Molly McCann (125.4)
  • Andre Petroski (185.8) vs. Wellington Terman (185.2)

Preliminary Card (ESPNews/ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Ottman Aziter (155.6) vs. Matt Fravola (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)
  • Nicolai Negumerianu (206) vs. Carlos Wolburg (205.2)

*Span lost weight by 0.6 pounds and will be fined 20 percent of his fight purse.
**Trizano missed weight by 1.6 pounds and will be fined 20 percent of his fight purse.

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