The Ultimate Fighting Championship lands in Monterrey, Mexico, for the first time this week for UFC Fight Night 78: Magny vs. Gastelum.
The card originally featured Kelvin Gastelum vs. Matt Brown in the main event, but a late scratch by Brown left an opening for Neil Magny, who has become the UFC’s go-to guy in the welterweight division. He’s fought on short notice on several occasions, but this will be one of his biggest opportunities yet.
Gastelum, who has lost only one fight in his 12-bout career, is looking for a bit of redemption, albeit of a personal nature. His lone loss was to Tyron Woodley early this year after blowing the weigh-in, missing the mark by nine pounds. He was then forced to take a middleweight bout his last time out, but is now being given the opportunity to redeem himself at welterweight.
Magny and Gastelum both hit the mark at Friday’s weigh-in, Gastelum clearing the hurdle that has tripped him up several times in his career.
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The UFC Fight Night 78 co-main event marks Diego Sanchez‘s featherweight debut, and he’s not get an easy indoctrination into the division. After both made weight, Sanchez face No. 4 ranked 145-pounder Ricardo Lamas in his divisional debut.
The lightweight and welterweight finals
UFC Monterrey: Magny vs. Gastelum Weigh-in Results
Main Card (on FS1):
Neil Magny (171) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (171)
Ricardo Lamas (146) vs. Diego Sanchez (145)
Jussier Formiga (126) vs. Henry Cejudo (126)
Erik Montano (169) vs. Enrique Marin (170)
Horacio Gutierrez (154) vs. Enrique Barzola (155)
Efrain Escudero (156) vs. Leandro Silva (155)
Prelims (on FS1):
Erik Perez (136) vs. Taylor Lapilus (136)
Hector Urbina (171) vs. Bartosz Fabinski (170)
Scott Jorgensen (135.5) vs. Alejandro Perez (135.5)
Gabriel Benitez (145) vs. Andre Fili (145)
Prelim (on UFC Fight Pass):
Vernon Ramos (170) vs. Alvaro Herrera (171)
Cesar Armzamendia (155) vs. Polo Reyes (155)
Valmir Lazaro (155) vs. Michel Prazeres (156)