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UFC Vegas 24 weigh-in results: big miss cancels one bout
April 16, 2021
The pivotal middleweight bout between Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum is ready now that the UFC Vegas 24 weigh-in outcomes are official.
Whittaker, Gastelum, and the remainder of the fighters on the UFC Vegas 24 card weighed in Friday on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, making their bouts official for Saturday’s occasion. UFC Vegas 24 (aka UFC on ESPN 22) takes place contained in the Apex.
The previous UFC middleweight champ, Whittaker is trying to proceed constructing momentum. He misplaced the belt to Israel Adesanya at UFC 243 in 2019. Whittaker has since received back-to-back bouts in opposition to Darren Until and Jared Cannonier. Including Gastelum to his hit checklist would put Whittaker within the good place to attempt to regain the belt.
Gastelum can also be making an attempt to maintain the wheels turning. He got here out of a three-fight skid by defeating Ian Heinisch at UFC 258 earlier this 12 months. A win over Whittaker wouldn’t solely bolster his confidence, but in addition his standing within the division wherein he as soon as contended for the interim title.
Whittaker and Gastelum had been slated to satisfy at UFC 234, when Whittaker nonetheless held the belt. The bout was canceled with simply hours to go after Whittaker was rushed into emergency surgical procedure due to an stomach hernia of the gut and a twisted and collapsed bowel.
Each fighters made weight on Friday, Whittaker at 185.5 kilos and Gastelum at 185 kilos.
Zarah Fairn, who missed by a large margin, had her bout canceled. She stepped on the size at 147 kilos, a full 8 kilos over weight for her 139-pound catchweight battle. Her opponent, Josiane Nunes, weighed 136 kilos.
With there being an 11-pound distinction in weight and the extreme miss, the bout was not allowed to happen.
The ultimate fighter to the size, Tracy Cortez, additionally missed weight, however simply barely. She initially stepped on the size at 127 kilos. Officers introduced out a curtain sales space. Cortez undressed and weighed 126.5 kilos, nonetheless 0.5 pound above the restrict.
Pending medical clearance, Cortez’s bout with Justine Kish, who weighed 125.5 kilos, will possible be allowed to proceed. Cortez would forfeit a portion of her purse to Kish to maintain the bout intact. With such a detailed miss, the penalty would possible be 20 p.c.