Two fighters fail to make weight for UFC 254

UFC 254: Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje will be held on Saturday, October 24, at the Flash Forum on Fight Island, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The weigh-ins streamed live on The UnderGround on Friday at 1:00 a.m. ET. UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. interim champ Justin Gaethje serves as the main event. Nurmagomedov cuts hard, so there was some drama at the weigh-ins – “The Eagle” needed a towel to make weight, but he made weight. If he had missed by a significant margin or again became ill while making weight, former three-time Bellator MMA lightweight champ Michael Chandler was standing by should Khabib or Gathje fail, or for any other reason.

UFC 254 Faceoffs

UFC 254 Weigh-ins

Main Card (2:00 p.m. ET, ESPN+ PPV)
Champ Khabib Nurmagomedov (155) vs. interim champ Justin Gaethje (155) for the lightweight championship
Jared Cannonier (185) vs. Robert Whittaker (186)
Walt Harris (254) vs. Alexander Volkov (265)
Phil Hawes (186) vs. Jacob Malkoun (186)
Lauren Murphy (126) vs. Liliya Shakirova (126)
Magomed Ankalaev (205) vs. Ion Cutelaba (205.5)

Late Prelims (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Stefan Struve (265) vs. Tai Tuivasa (265)
Casey Kenney (140) vs. Nathaniel Wood (140) ***Catchweight (140)***
Alex Oliveira (173)* vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov (171)
Sam Alvey (206) vs. Da Un Jung (206)

Early Prelims (10:30 a.m. ET, ESPN+/Fight Pass)
Liana Jojua (126) vs. Miranda Maverick (126)
Joel Alvarez (159.5)** vs. Alexander Yakovlev (155.5)

Backup Fighter Weigh-Ins
Michael Chandler (155) backup for Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje
Sergey Morozov (139.5) – backup for Kenney vs. Wood
Isi Fitikefu (203.5) – backup for Ankalaev vs. Cutelaba. One of Cutelaba’s cornermen tested positive, and Cutelaba would ordinarily be out, but as he has already had COVID-19, it’s believed he has immunity. However, Fitikefu weighed in as a precaution.

*Alex Oliveira missed the non-title welterweight limit by 2 pounds, and will forfeit 20 percent of his fight purse to opponent Shavkat Rakhmonov. 

**Joel Alvarez missed the non-title lightweight limit bu 3.5 pounds, and will forfeit 30 percent of his fight purse to opponent Alexander Yakovlev.

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