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UFC 207 Official Weigh-in Results – Rousey, Nunes, Cruz, & Garbrandt all on point, Hendricks & Borg miss

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Thursday morning from the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada were the official weigh-ins for UFC 207.

The official, untelevised weigh-ins are where the fighters record their official weight for their bouts, while the ceremonial weigh-ins will be aired later this evening in front of fans at the T-Mobile Arena, the venue for the fights tomorrow evening.

All four bantamweight fighters competing in the male and female bantamweight title fights at UFC 207 stepped on the scales at championship weight at 135 pounds. There is no one-pound allowance for a title fight, therefore Ronda Rousey, Amanda Nunes, Cody Garbrandt, and Dominick Cruz were all required to step on the scale at 135 pounds on the money – and did just that.

Not all fighters made weight this morning.

Johny Hendricks, who has a history of weight cutting issues, stepped on the scale at 173.5 pounds, which is two and a half pounds heavier than allowed for the welterweight limit. Ray Borg also came in heavy at 129.5 pounds, who needed to hit the limit of 126 pounds. Both bouts will proceed with Hendricks forfeiting 20% of his purse to Neil Magny, while Borg will forfeit 30% of his purse to Louis Smolka.

The full official weigh-in results are below:

Main Card – Pay-Per-View (U.S./Can), BT Sport 3 (UK): 10.00PM EDT, 7.00PM PDT, 3AM GMT

  • (C) Amanda Nunes (135 lbs.) vs. #1 Ronda Rousey (135 lbs.)
  • (C) Dominick Cruz (135 lbs.) vs. Cody Garbrandt (135 lbs.)
  • #1 T.J. Dillashaw (136 lbs.) vs. #2 John Lineker (135.25 lbs.)
  • #9 Dong Hyun Kim (171 lbs.)vs. #12 Tarec Saffiedine (171 lbs.)
  • #12 Louis Smolka (125.5 lbs.)vs. #13 Ray Borg (129.5 lbs.)

Preliminary Card – FOX Sports 1 (U.S.), TSN 3/TSN 5 (Can), BT Sport 3 (UK): 8.00PM EDT, 5.00PM PDT, 1AM GMT

  • #6 Johny Hendricks (173.5 lbs.) vs. #8 Neil Magny (171 lbs.)
  • Antonio Carlos Junior (186 lbs.) vs. Neil Vettori (186 lbs.)
  • Mike Pyle (170 lbs.) vs. Alex Garcia (170.5 lbs.)
  • Brandon Thatch (170 lbs.) vs. Niko Price (170 lbs.)

Early Prelims – UFC Fight Pass (U.S./Can/UK): 7.30PM EDT, 4.30PM PDT, 12.30AM GMT

  • Alex Oliveira (170.5 lbs.) vs. Tim Means (170 lbs.)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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Sensor Equipped Tracking Gloves to be Used at UFC 219

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From implementing the likes of USADA, the UFC Performance Instiute and the introduction of the instant replay. The UFC has always prioritized being at the top of the sport science game. 

Now, at UFC 219 on December 30th, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved a test run for sensor equipped tracking gloves to be worn by a selection of fighters on the card.

The technology behind the gloves comes from AGI International (an analytics company) along with HEED (a consumer platform company). A collaboration founded by the UFC.

After a sparring exhibition between top lightweights, Edson Barbosa (19-4-0) and Mark Diakiese (12-1-0), HEED co-founder Mati Kochavi had this to say regarding how “70 insights” collected from sensors on the gloves, the corner-men, the octagon itself can depict a clearer image of a fight.

“Those insights are covering entire aspects  of the fight between Diakiese and Barbose. Their passion, power of the fight, resiliency and strategy. All happen in the octagon.“

Shouldn’t sport be told in real-time, with real data, information and emotions?”

He finally promises “We are a company which is trying to revolutionize the way we (broadcast) sports and live events”

As for now there is little to zero information into the technical aspects of the gloves, however products like a Fit Bit have similar abilities to give data on speed,  force, motion, elevation, heart rate etc.

The UFC 219 card takes place on Decemebr 30th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will be headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight between current champion Cris Cyborg (18-1) and former UFC bantamweight champion, Holly Holm (11-3).

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