UFC fighters stepped to the scales this Friday, beginning around 11 am ET. Most of the fighters made weight with no issues, and at the time of writing, they will have roughly 20 minutes to cut the rest of their weight.
The main event pits up-and-coming contender Rob Font (19-5-0 9-4-0 UFC) against Chito Vera (18-7-1 12-6-0 UFC). Font is ranked number five at 135 pounds, and faces off against the number-eight ranked contender in the division, in a bout that will seal top five status for the winner.
The co-main event sees former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski (33-20-0, 2 NC 24-18-0 UFC) face off across from Jake Collier (13-6-0 5-5-0 UFC). Arlovski looks to make it four off the bounce and march closer to the top 15 while Collier tries to end his string of mediocrity in the UFC and win two in a row for the first time.
As is the case with all UFC events, all 24 fighters will need to make weight to have their fight continue as scheduled without penalty. In the case they miss weight by the end of the weigh-ins, a portion purse will be deducted and given to their opponent.
UFC Vegas 53 Main Card On ESPN/ESPN+:
135 lbs.: Rob Font (138.5) vs. Marlon Vera (136)
265 lbs.: Andrei Arlovski (246) vs. Jake Collier (265)
145 lbs.: Andre Fili (145.5) vs. Joanderson Brito (145.5)
155 lbs.: Jared Gordon (155.5) vs. Grant Dawson (155.5)
145 lbs.: Darren Elkins (145.5) vs. Tristan Connelly (146)
185 lbs.: Krzysztof Jotko (186) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (185)
As it stands, Font will not weigh in again, even though the weigh-in periods were far from over when he stepped on the scales. This suggests that he is injured or had issues with the cut, as the UFC veteran has never missed weight in his career. 30% of his purse will likely be forfeited to Vera, regardless of the result.
Prelims (4 PM ET)
Heavyweight: Alexandr Romanov (236.5) vs. Chase Sherman (247)
Flyweight: Daniel Lacerda (125) vs. Francisco Figueiredo (125.5)
Welterweight: Yohan Lainesse (169) vs. Gabe Green
Lightweight: Mike Breeden (155.5) vs. Natan Levy (155)
Flyweight: Gina Mazany (126) vs. Shanna Young (125)
Flyweight: Tatsuro Taira (125.5) vs. Carlos Candelario (126)
With only one UFC fighter missing weight, the card will likely progress as scheduled, with faceoffs scheduled to begin at 2 pm ET. Who is looking forward to tomorrow’s fights?
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