The UFC 248 championship bouts will move forward as planned after all four fighters made weight at Friday’s official weigh-in in Las Vegas.
UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya was the first fighter to the scale, quickly hitting the mark at 184.5 pounds. His opponent, Yoel Romero, who has a history of trouble with the scale, made everyone wait until the waining minutes of the weigh-in window. As minds wondered whether or not Romero would make weight, he trotted out to the scale and hit the championship weight dead-on at 185 pounds.
The UFC 248 co-main event pits strawweight champion Zhang Weili against former titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Neither fighter had an issue with the scale, both weighing in early in the proceedings.
Zhang stepped on the scale at 115 pounds, followed a short time later by Jedrzejczyk, who weighed exactly the same.
The lone fighter to miss the mark on Friday was UFC 248 early prelims featured fighter Emily Whitmire. She weighed 117.5 pounds for her fight with Polyana Viana or a full 1.5 pounds above the limit for a strawweight non-title bout.
Whitmire forfeited 20-percent of her fight purse to Viana to keep the fight on the card.
Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero: UFC 248 Weigh-in
Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk: UFC 248 Weigh-in
Emily Whitmire vs. Polyana Viana: UFC 248 Weigh-in
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UFC 248: Adesanya vs. Romero Weigh-in Results
Main Card (10 pm ET on ESPN+ Pay-Per-View)
- Israel Adesanya (184.5) vs. Yoel Romero (185)*
- Zhang Weili (115) vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk (115)**
- Beneil Dariush (156) vs. Drakkar Klose (156)
- Neil Magny (171) vs. Li Jingliang (171)
- Alex Oliveira (171) vs. Max Griffin (170.5)
Prelims (8 pm ET on ESPN)
- Sean O’Malley (135.5) vs. José Alberto Quiñónez (135.5)
- Mark Madsen (156) vs. Austin Hubbard (154.5)
- Rodolfo Vieira (186) vs. Saparbek Safarov (186)
- Gerald Meerschaert (185) vs. Deron Winn (185.5)
Early Prelims (6:30 pm ET on ESPN+)
- Emily Whitmire (117.5)*** vs. Polyana Viana (116)
- Jamall Emmers (145.5) vs. Giga Chikadze (146)
- Danaa Batgere (136) vs. Guido Cannetti (135.5)
*UFC middleweight championship
**UFC women’s strawweight championship
***Whitmire missed weight and forfeited 20-percent of her fight purse.
UFC 248: Adesanya vs. Romero Live Results
Tune in to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday, March 7, for full UFC 248: Adesanya vs. Romero Live Results from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya puts his belt on the line opposite longtime contender Yoel Romero, whil strawweight champion Zhang Weili defends her belt against former 115-pound queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk.