01 Jan UFC on ESPN 14 weigh-in results: Robert Whittaker, Darren Till on point for main event, Francisco Trinaldo misses
Robert Whittaker and Darren Till are set for their key Fight Island matchup this Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
The middleweight contenders had no issues with the scale at Friday morning’s weigh-ins for UFC on ESPN 14, with both coming in at 186 pounds. This will be Whittaker’s first fight since losing his UFC title to Israel Adesanya, while Till makes his second middleweight appearance in the UFC after defeating Kelvin Gastelum by split decision this past November.
In the co-main event, both Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira weighed in at 206 pounds for their light heavyweight trilogy bout. This is expected to be the last fight of Nogueira’s 19-year MMA career.
Also of note, longtime light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson weighed in at 240 pounds for his UFC heavyweight debut.
Of the 30 fighters to weigh in for Saturday’s card, only one missed weight, veteran Francisco Trinaldo. “Massaranduba” came in at 160 pounds for his lightweight bout with Jai Herbert. It is not yet known if the bout will proceed at a catchweight and if so, what the purse penalty will be for Trinaldo.
A source from Trinaldo’s team told MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz that Trinaldo started to feel pain during his cut and that UFC doctors came in to check on him. He decided to proceed with the attempt, but his body stopped sweating.
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See the UFC on ESPN 14 weigh-in results below:
Main Card (8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN+)
Robert Whittaker (186) vs. Darren Till (186)
Mauricio Rua (206) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (206)
Fabricio Werdum (242) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (240)
Carla Esparza (116) vs. Marina Rodriguez (115.5)
Paul Craig (206) vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov (206)
Alex Oliveira (171) vs. Peter Sobotta (171)
Khamzat Chimaev (171) vs. Rhys McKee (170.5)
Preliminary Card (5 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN+)
Francisco Trinaldo (160)* vs. Jai Herbert (156)
Nicolas Dalby (171) vs. Jesse Ronson (171)
Tom Aspinall (248) vs. Jake Collier (264)
Movsar Evloev (146) vs. Mike Grundy (146)
Tanner Boser (235) vs. Raphael Pessoa (264)
Bethe Correia (136) vs. Pannie Kianzad (136)
Ramazan Emeev (171) vs. Niklas Stolze (170.5)
Nathaniel Wood (136) vs. John Castaneda (136)