In the electrifying lead-up to UFC 293, the fighters took to the scales at the official weigh-ins, setting the stage for what promises to be an action-packed night at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia. While the main event contenders, Israel Adesanya and Sean Strickland, showed their mettle by making weight, there was a twist in the tale when it came to one of Adesanya’s teammates.
The Main Event: Adesanya vs. Strickland
The reigning champion, Israel Adesanya, was the first to step onto the stage, and he did so with style, hitting the scales at 184.8 pounds. His opponent, Sean Strickland, made a fashionably late entrance but had no trouble meeting the championship bout limit, weighing in at 184.9 pounds. The stage is now set for a middleweight title clash that promises fireworks.
A Hiccup in the Camp
However, not all was smooth sailing for Team Adesanya. Shane Young, one of Adesanya’s City Kickboxing teammates, who was slated to face Gabriel Miranda in a featherweight bout, found himself in a weighty predicament. Young tipped the scales at 149.75 pounds, a hefty 3.75 pounds over the limit for a non-title fight. This unexpected turn of events led to the UFC’s decision to turn their bout into a catchweight contest, with Young having to forfeit 30 percent of his purse as a penalty. It’s a reminder that even in the world of elite MMA, the scales can be a formidable opponent.
Cannonier as the Backup Plan
Adding a touch of intrigue to the proceedings, top-ranked middleweight contender Jared Cannonier was there as the backup for the main event. Stepping up to the challenge, Cannonier weighed in successfully at 184.85 pounds, ensuring that if any last-minute hiccups occurred, he would be ready to step into the spotlight.
Full Weigh-In Results
Here’s a rundown of the official weigh-in results for UFC 293:
Main Card (ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET):
- Israel Adesanya (184.8) vs. Sean Strickland (184.9)
- Tai Tuivasa (265.6) vs. Alexander Volkov (262.9)
- Manel Kape (126) vs. Felipe dos Santos (125.4)
- Justin Tafa (265.2) vs. Austen Lane (242.3)
- Tyson Pedro (205.45) vs. Anton Turkalj (205.35)
Prelims (ESPN/ESPN+/ABC at 8 p.m. ET):
- Carlos Ulberg (204.7) vs. Da Un Jung (205.3)
- Jack Jenkins (145.85) vs. Chepe Mariscal (145.85)
- Jamie Mullarkey (155.35) vs. John Makdessi (155.1)
- Nasrat Haqparast (155.85) vs. Landon Quinones (155.75)
Early Prelims (ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m. ET):
- Blood Diamond (170.25) vs. Charlie Radtke (170.3)
- Shane Young (149.75)* vs. Gabriel Miranda (144.95)
- Kevin Jousset (170.5) vs. Kiefer Crosbie (170.85)
- Jared Cannonier (184.85)**
*Young missed weight. His bout with Gabriel Miranda will proceed as a catchweight with Young forfeiting 30 percent of his purse as a penalty.
**Cannonier successfully weighed in as a backup for the middleweight championship main event.
So, there you have it, the stage is set for UFC 293, with the fighters locked and loaded. Stay tuned for an unforgettable night of MMA action, as these warriors step into the octagon to prove their mettle and entertain fans around the world.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC 293 Weigh-In
Q: Why was Shane Young unable to make weight for his featherweight bout?
A: Shane Young missed weight for his featherweight bout because he weighed in at 149.75 pounds, which is 3.75 pounds over the limit for a non-title fight. This led to his bout with Gabriel Miranda being converted into a catchweight contest, and Young had to forfeit 30 percent of his purse as a penalty.
Q: Who was the backup fighter for the main event at UFC 293?
A: The backup fighter for the main event at UFC 293 was Jared Cannonier, a top-ranked middleweight contender. Cannonier successfully made weight at 184.85 pounds, ensuring that he was ready to step into the spotlight in case any last-minute issues arose with the main event fighters.
Q: When and where is UFC 293 taking place?
A: UFC 293 is scheduled to take place at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia. The main card is set to start at 10 p.m. ET, with preliminary fights beginning at 8 p.m. ET and early prelims at 6:30 p.m. ET.