The UFC Phoenix official weigh-ins have come and gone, and several fighters had trouble making weight. Renan Barão was one of three to miss weight, coming in at 138 lbs for his bantamweight bout vs. Luke Sanders. The former 135 lbs champion was 141.75 lbs for his most recent outing, a decision loss to Andre Ewell. He’s historically had problems cutting to bantamweight, including the weigh-in day cancellation of his planned UFC 177 rematch with T.J. Dillashaw back in 2014. Despite a brief trip to featherweight, Barao insisted on returning to the weight class where he once held UFC gold, and it’s been a disaster.
Barão and former UFC strawweight title challenger, Jessica Penne, have both been fined 20% of their respective purses, as Penne was two pounds over the limit against Jodie Esquibel. The heftiest fine belongs to another bantamweight in Manny Bermudez, who was a whopping 140 lbs for his showdown with Benito Lopez.
As for the main event, Francis Ngannou weighed 258 lbs, while Cain Velasquez tipped the scale at 248 lbs, although he was wearing clothes, so I’d subtract a few pounds.
Watch the weigh-in video of the main event below, along with highlights at the top of the page (via MMA Fighting).
The complete UFC Phoenix weigh-in results are as follows, along with the ceremonial weigh-in video at 6 PM ET:
Main Card (ESPN at 9 p.m. ET)
Francis Ngannou (258) vs. Cain Velasquez (248)
James Vick (156) vs. Paul Felder (155.5)
Cortney Casey (116) vs. Cynthia Calvillo (116)
Alex Caceres (146) vs. Kron Gracie (146)
Vicente Luque (171) vs. Bryan Barberena (170.5)
Andre Fili (145.5) vs. Myles Jury (146)
Preliminary Card (ESPN at 7 p.m. ET)
Jimmie Rivera (135) vs. Aljamain Sterling (136)
Benito Lopez (135.5) vs. Manny Bermudez (140**) - Bermudez fined 30% of his purse
Ashlee Evans-Smith (126.0) vs. Andrea Lee (125.5)
Scott Holtzman (156) vs. Nik Lentz (155.5)
Preliminary Card (ESPN+ at 5:30 p.m. ET)
Renan Barao (138*) vs. Luke Sanders (135.5) - Barao fined 20% of his purse
Jessica Penne (118*) vs. Jodie Esquibel (115.5) - Penne fined 20% of her purse
Aleksandra Albu (114.5) vs. Emily Whitmire (116)