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UFC 253 weigh-in results: Championship doubleheader set, but two fighters miss weight

The first event in the UFC’s return to Fight Island is set with a championship doubleheader following Friday’s UFC 253 weigh-in, although two fighters missed weight.All four championship bout competitors hit the mark.UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya weighed 184 pounds for his defense against challenger Paulo Costa, who stepped on the scale at 185 pounds.In the history of the UFC, there has only been one men’s UFC title fight between undefeated fighters. That was Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida at UFC 98 in 2009.Saturday’s UFC 253 main event will be the second such bout, as Adesanya enters the fight at 19-0 and Costa holds a 13-0 record. But somebody’s O has to go at UFC 253.The second half of the UFC 253 championship doubleheader features Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz squaring off for the light heavyweight title vacated by Jon Jones.Reyes and Blachowicz each weighed 205 pounds, spot-on for their championship bout. Two UFC 253 fighters miss weightZubaira Tukhugov stepped on the scale at 150 pounds for his featherweight bout with Hakeem Dawodu, a full 4 pounds over the allowed limit of 146 pounds. Dawodu weighed 145 pounds.Late replacement L’udovit Klein also weighed 150 pounds for his featherweight prelim with opposite Shane Young. Young weighed 146 pounds.UFC officials had not yet confirmed the status of either of those bouts at the time of publication. As long as the fighters are medically cleared, both bouts are likely to continue with the Dawodu and Young likely receiving a percentage of their opponents’ fight purse to keep the bouts intact.* * *TRENDING > UFC 253: Adesanya vs Costa Beach Face-Offs on Fight Island* * * UFC 253: Adesanya vs. Costa weigh-in resultsMain Card (10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ Pay-Per-View) * Israel Adesanya (184) vs. Paulo Costa (185) * Dominick Reyes (205) vs. Jan Blachowicz (205) * Kai Kara France (126) vs. Brandon Royval (126) * Ketlen Vieira (136) vs. Sijara Eubanks (136) * Hakeem Dawodu (145) vs. Zubaira Tukhugov (150)*Preliminary Card (8 p.m. ET on ESPN+) * Brad Riddell (156) vs. Alex da Silva (156) * Diego Sanchez (170) vs. Jake Matthews (170) * Shane Young (146) vs. L’udovit Klein (150)* * William Knight (205) vs. Aleksa Camur (206) * Juan Espino (255) vs. Jeff Hughes (258) * Khadis Ibragimov (206) vs. Danilo Marques (206)*Tukhugov and Klein missed weight* * * UFC 253 weigh-in: Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa UFC 253 weigh-in: Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Blachowicz(Videos courtesy of MMA Junkie)

Ketlen Vieira’s coach first COVID-19 positive on UFC Fight Island, but she will still fight

Ketlen Vieira’s coach, Andre Pederneiras, became the first UFC-related person to test positive for COVID-19 on UFC Fight Island. Though he won’t be in her corner, Vieira will still be allowed to fight.Vieira is slated to face Sijara Eubanks on the UFC 253 main card on Saturday. The headlining bout features Israel Adesanya putting his middleweight belt on the line opposite Paulo Costa.While many fighters have been scratched from previous UFC fight cards because a teammate or coach tested positive, that won’t be the case for Vieira. Although Pederneiras has tested positive, according to a report by MMA Fighting, Vieira will be allowed to fight.Unlike the first go around at UFC Fight Island, where Brazilian fighters and their support teams were tested before flying directly from Sao Paulo to Abu Dhabi, this time the Brazilians were first flown to London on commercial flights before boarding planes to Abu Dhabi. Because of this, Vieira did not have contact with Pederneiras en route to Fight Island and will be allowed to fight.Pederneiras believed he had contracted COVID-19 back in May when he had tested positive ahead of cornering Jose Aldo and other fighters on Fight Island in July. He was asymptomatic at that time, but quarantined away from his family for two weeks before resuming work.According to Vieira, Pederneiras is experiencing mild symptoms this time, but appears to be doing okay.With Pederneiras sidelined, Vieira will face Eubanks with just Marcos Galvao in her corner. “It’s going to be the two of us against the world,” Vieira said (via MMA Fighting). “We went through a lot to get here, several issues. I’ll only have one corner on the fight, so I just want to leave with my hand raised.“[Pederneiras’ situation] only motivates me to go there and make him prouder.”* * *TRENDING > Dana White on Dark Tone of UFC Vegas 11: ‘This the Fight Game!’* * * Ketlen Vieira UFC 253 Media Day(Video courtesy of MMAFightingSBN)

Dana White on Dark Tone of UFC Vegas 11: ‘This the Fight Game!’

* * *UFC president Dana White addressed the dark tone of the UFC Vegas 11 fight week by saying he fully believes in his fighters being able to say whatever they want, however it comes across. “This is the fight game!”While everyone expected trash talk between bitter rivals and former teammates Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley, it wasn’t the usually banter. The tone of UFC Vegas 11 was much darker and more serious than most other rivalries. It was very much reflective of the ongoing political and societal conflict raging across America at the moment.(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)* * *TRENDING > Dana White shows off new Fight Island digs, breaks a tooth on Day 1* * * Trending Video > Colby Covington trashes LeBron James and ‘woke athletes’ as ‘spineless cowards'(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)