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The UFC 224 fighters weighed in officially on Friday morning in Brazil, but hit the stage for fans at the UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington Ceremonial Weigh-in on Friday afternoon.
UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and her challenger, Raquel Pennington, easily made weight for their UFC 224 main event, as did most of the remainder of the fight card.
The lone exception was grappling ace Mackenzie Dern, who missed weight for the third time in her six strawweight bouts since she made the move to mixed martial arts. Dern stepped on the scale at 123 pounds, a full seven pounds above the 116-pound limit for the strawweight division.
Her opponent, Amanda Cooper, looked lean, as she tipped the scale at 116 pounds.
Though Cooper could have declined the fight, she agreed to receive 30-percent of Dern’s show money, keeping the fight intact.
Dern tried to shake hands and make up with Cooper at the ceremonial weigh-in, but Cooper was having none of it, as they engaged in an intense staredown.
The UFC 224 fight card also features former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, who meets fellow former titleholder and countryman Lyoto Machida in what is expected to be the final fight of Belfort’s storied career.
UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington Weigh-in Results
Main Card (10 p.m. ET on Pay-Per-View)
- Amanda Nunes (135)(c) vs. Raquel Pennington (135)
- Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (186) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (185)
- Mackenzie Dern (123) vs. Amanda Cooper (116)*
- John Lineker (136) vs. Brian Kelleher (136)
- Vitor Belfort (184) vs. Lyota Machida (186)
Prelims (8 p.m. ET on FX)
- Cezar Ferreira (186) vs. Karl Roberson (185)
- Alexey Oleynik (235) vs. Junior Albini (266)
- Davi Ramos (156) vs. Nick Hein (155)
- Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (171) vs. Sean Strickland (170)
Early Prelims (6:15 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass)
- Warlley Alves (171) vs. Sultan Aliev (171)
- Thales Leites (186) vs. Jack Hermansson (186)
- Alberto Mina (171) vs. Ramazan Emeev (171)
- Markus Perez (186) vs. James Bochnovic (186)
*Mackenzie Dern missed weight by seven pounds.
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