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All four championship headliners hit the mark for UFC 253, but two featherweights weren’t so lucky.
Reigning middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (184) and challenger Paulo Costa (185) successfully made weight for Saturday’s main event in Abu Dhabi, while vacant light heavyweight title bout contestants Dominick Reyes (205) and Jan Blachowicz (205) also successfully hit championship weight.
Friday’s official weigh-ins were not without its hiccups. Featherweights Zubaira Tukhugov and Ludovit Klein both came in at 150 pounds, four pounds over the limit for their respective bouts with Hakeem Dawodu (145) and Shane Young (146). It is not yet known of these bouts will proceed at a catchweight, and if so, what percentage of their purses Tukhugov and Klein will forfeit to their opponents.
Klein is stepping in on less than one week’s notice as a replacement for Nate Landwehr, who was pulled from the card due to a positive COVID-19 test.
See the full UFC 253 weigh-in results below:
Main Card (ESPN+ pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Israel Adesanya (184) vs. Paulo Costa (185)
Dominick Reyes (205) vs. Jan Blachowicz (205)
Hakeem Dawodu (145) vs. Zubaira Tukhugov (150 *missed weight)
Preliminary Card (ESPN+, ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET)
Shane Young (146) vs. Ludovit Klein (150 *missed weight)
Early Preliminary Card (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)