Friday, December 15, 2017

UFC on Fox 26: Lawler vs. dos Anjos, also known as UFC Winnipeg, will be held on December 16, 2017, at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada.

The official, early weigh-ins will be held the Friday morning, at the event hotel. The video appears immediately below, courtesy of MMAjunkie.

The ceremonial weigh-ins and faceoffs will take place at 7:00 p.m. ET at the venue, and will stream at bottom, courtesy of the UFC.

Main Card (Big Fox)
Robbie Lawler (170.5) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (170)
Josh Emmett (148.5)* vs. Ricardo Lamas (146)
Mike Perry (170) vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio ()
Misha Cirkunov (205.5) vs. Glover Teixeira (205)

Prelim Card (Fox Sports 1)
Jan Blachowicz (205.5) vs. Jared Cannonier (204)
Julian Marquez (185) vs. Darren Stewart (185.5)
Galore Bofando (170) vs. Chad Laprise (170.5)
Tim Elliott (125.5) vs. Pietro Menga ()**
John Makdessi (153) vs. Abel Trujillo (155.5)
Oluwale Bamgbose (184.5) vs. Alessio Di Chirico (185)

Prelim Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Jordan Mein (169) vs. Erick Silva (170.5)
Danny Roberts (170.5) vs. Nordine Taleb (170.5)

*Emmett missed weight, fined 20% of purse, which will go to opponent.
**Menga never weighed in, bout canceled.

Menga, who took the fight on short notice, was stopped by doctors from dropping below 131. Elliott was not impressed.

“It hurts,” he said to Nick Baldwin for BE. “I just bought a house in Las Vegas, had a very expensive training camp, brought training guys out, did a lot of work, and paid a lot of money to get the very best training that I could possibly get. And now I’m getting half my paycheck.

“I have a two-year-old daughter — somebody that relies on me to make this a career. I don’t fight because I like to fight; that’s part of it, but this is a job, and I’ve worked very hard to get to where I’m at, and I feel like I should be compensated. I always make weight; I’ve taken fights on short notice, as well. That’s part of the game. If you can’t make the weight, you don’t say that you can. He said that he could make the weight – they asked him several times, they always do – and he couldn’t do it. It’s very frustrating.

“To see him doing interviews talking about how much bigger he is than me and how he is going to smash me, it’s funny that he would talk like that and then come in and miss weight. He’s not a professional. I’m sure he’s going to be cut after this and back in the minor leagues where he belongs.”

“I’ve been working on it, but I’m positive now [that I will be paid show only, not show+win]. They told me it’s never happened before, they said that it’s not going to happen this time. But that’s not true – Ian McCall made weight, his opponent missed weight, and he got his show and win money because he has a good manager and his manager fought for it. I’ve had my coaches here begging and pleading. All I want is my fair compensation.”

Elliott was offered the fight for 20% of Mega’s purse, but for a first-time fighter, that’s probably 20% of 10k, or just $2,000. That’s not enough to fight someone half a division up.

“If he was closer, I would’ve accepted the fight,” said Elliott. “That wouldn’t cover my training camp; not even close. So no, I don’t want 20 percent of his nothing pay. … I don’t want $2,000 to fight a fat boy who can’t make weight. It’s not a smart career move.”

Elliott hopes to fight at UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis on January 14. And Saturday, night’s show rolls on.