An official weigh-in was held for the UFC 267 event, after which the program in Abu Dhabi was left with one fight less, and problems were also seen with Khamzat Chimaev, who after extra time still managed to meet the prescribed welterweight limit of 77 kilograms.
To begin with, it is certainly worth mentioning the greatest sinner of this show. This is Damir Ismagulov, a great lightweight fighter who is currently on 15 wins in a row (four in the UFC. He was supposed to be looking 5-0 in the UFC this weekend fighting Magomed Mustafaev before it was canceled.
The reason for that is a large exceed of even four kilograms, which is a situation in which the fight could not continue. By the same logic, it is worth praising all those others who easily met the required limits, exactly 26 participants with the addition of a replacement for the main fight, Jiri Prochazka, who also easily stood on the scales with 93 kilograms.
The one who had problems was Khamzat Chimaev. The returnee to the Octagon after a long break was the last to come to the weigh-in, and it showed him 300 grams more, after which he was given another hour to take extra. He succeeded in that and from the second attempt, he satisfied the welterweight limit, using the allowed tolerance.
Chimaev did not look at all happy or satisfied, but he was certainly relieved when he found out that he would not have to bear the stigma of a fighter who failed to do one of his main jobs. It is certainly interesting to note how Khamzat in his second attempt tried to trick the scales with an old trick by Daniel Cormier.
Namely, he grabbed a towel, which resulted in a weight of almost two kilograms below the limit at once. Then they told him to try again with his hands in the air, after which the scale still remained within the category limit.
With the cancellation of the fight between Ismagulov and Mustafaev, the program of this event dropped from 14 to 13 fights. At the top of the program are two title fights, the light heavyweight title between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira and the temporary bantamweight between Peter Yan and Cory Sandhagen.
A ceremonial weigh-in was announced for the afternoon.
Jan Blachowicz (205) vs. Glover Teixeira (205) Cory Sandhagen (135) vs. Petr Yan (135) Dan Hooker (156) vs. Islam Makhachev (155.5) Marcin Tybura (249) vs.
Alexander Volkov (263) ***Khamzat Chimaev (171) vs. Li Jingliang (171) Magomed Ankalaev (205.5) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (205.5) Virna Jandiroba (116) vs. Amanda Ribas (115.5) Ricardo Ramos (146) vs. Zubaira Tukhugov (146) Albert Duraev (186) vs.
Roman Kopylov (186) Benoit Saint-Denis (171) vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (170.5) Shamil Gamzatov (206) vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk (206) Makwan Amirkhani (146) vs. Lerone Murphy (146) Andre Petroski (185.5) vs. Hu Yaozong (186) *Damir Ismagulov (163.5) vs. Magomed Mustafaev (156) Allan Nascimento (126) vs. Tagir Ulanbekov (125)