Conor McGregor set the tone early for Friday’s official UFC 257 weigh-ins.
The former two-division champion was the first fighter to to the scale and he showed up at championship weight, coming in at 155 pounds for Saturday’s headliner against Dustin Poirier. Poirier also successfully hit the mark at 156 pounds to make the rematch official.
In the first meeting between Poirier and McGregor at UFC 178 in September 2014, McGregor defeated Poirier by first-round TKO.
Co-main event lightweights Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler also successfully made weight, both coming in at 156 pounds. Chandler, a three-time Bellator champion, makes his UFC debut on Saturday.
The weigh-ins were not without drama however, as two fighters did not make it to the scale and two others missed weight.
Officials announced early in the proceedings that Ottman Azaitar was out of his main card lightweight bout with Matt Frevola, though a reason for Azaitar’s withdrawal was not given. Frevola still showed up and made weight at 155.5 pounds.
A middleweight matchup between Andrew Sanchez and Makhmud Muradov is expected to open the pay-per-view main card with the cancellation of Azaitar-Frevola.
Lightweight Nasrat Haqparast did not make an appearance during the two-hour weigh-in window and he will not be competing on Saturday. His scheduled opponent Arman Tsarukyan also had difficulties, coming in three pounds over the lightweight limit at 139. A matchup between Frevola and Tsarukyan is being negotiated, sources with knowledge 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). The status of his matchup with Marcin Prachnio (206) is in the air as both he and Tsarukyan have been given extra time to cut weight and attempt another weigh-in.
See the official UFC 257 weigh-in results 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)
Arman Tsarukyan (159 *missed weight, gets one hour) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (did not show up) – fight canceled
Brad Tavares (185.5) vs. Antonio Carlos Junior (185)
Sara McMann (135) vs. Julianna Pena (136)
Khalil Rountree (206.5* missed weight, gets one hour) 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)
*Matt Frevola (155.5) vs. Ottman Azaitar () – fight canceled
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