UFC 253 weigh-in results: Two title fights official, two fighters miss by four pounds

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images All four championship headliners hit the mark for UFC 253, but two featherweights weren’t so lucky. Reigning middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (184) and challenger Paulo Costa (185) successfully made weight for Saturday’s main event in Abu Dhabi, while vacant light heavyweight title bout contestants Dominick Reyes (205) and Jan Blachowicz (205) also successfully hit championship weight. Friday’s official weigh-ins were not without its hiccups. Featherweights Zubaira Tukhugov and Ludovit Klein both came in at 150 pounds, four pounds over the limit for their respective bouts with Hakeem Dawodu (145) and Shane Young (146). It is not yet known of these bouts will proceed at a catchweight, and if so, what percentage of their purses Tukhugov and Klein will forfeit to their opponents. Klein is stepping in on less than one week’s notice as a replacement for Nate Landwehr, who was pulled from the card due to a positive COVID-19 test. See the full UFC 253 weigh-in results below: Main Card (ESPN+ pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) 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 *missed weight) Preliminary Card (ESPN+, ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET) Brad Riddell (156) vs. Alex da Silva Coelho (156) Diego Sanchez (170) vs. Jake Matthews (170) Shane Young (146) vs. Ludovit Klein (150 *missed weight) William Knight (205) vs. Aleksa Camur (206) Early Preliminary Card (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET) Juan Espino (255) vs. Jeff Hughes (258) Khadis Ibragimov (206) vs. Danilo Marques (206)

UFC 253 weigh-in results: Two title fights official, two fighters miss by four pounds
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

All four championship headliners hit the mark for UFC 253, but two featherweights weren’t so lucky.

Reigning middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (184) and challenger Paulo Costa (185) successfully made weight for Saturday’s main event in Abu Dhabi, while vacant light heavyweight title bout contestants Dominick Reyes (205) and Jan Blachowicz (205) also successfully hit championship weight.

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Friday’s official weigh-ins were not without its hiccups. Featherweights Zubaira Tukhugov and Ludovit Klein both came in at 150 pounds, four pounds over the limit for their respective bouts with Hakeem Dawodu (145) and Shane Young (146). It is not yet known of these bouts will proceed at a catchweight, and if so, what percentage of their purses Tukhugov and Klein will forfeit to their opponents.

Klein is stepping in on less than one week’s notice as a replacement for Nate Landwehr, who was pulled from the card due to a positive COVID-19 test.

See the full UFC 253 weigh-in results below:

Main Card ( pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

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 *missed weight)

Preliminary Card (, ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET)

Brad Riddell (156) vs. Alex da Silva Coelho (156)

Diego Sanchez (170) vs. Jake Matthews (170)

Shane Young (146) vs. Ludovit Klein (150 *missed weight)

William Knight (205) vs. Aleksa Camur (206)

Early Preliminary Card (/UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)

Juan Espino (255) vs. Jeff Hughes (258)

Khadis Ibragimov (206) vs. Danilo Marques (206)

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UFC 253 video: Paulo Costa taunts Israel Adesanya with white belt leading to scuffle

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images After months of back-and-forth trash talk, Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa had one more heated exchange ahead of their main event clash this Saturday. Adesanya defends his middleweight title against Costa in the UFC 253 headliner in Abu Dhabi and the two squared off after Friday’s weigh-ins, which can be watched above. Seemingly mocking Adesanya’s grappling skills, Costa pulled out a white belt and tossed it at Adesanya, prompting Adesanya to toss it right back. That gesture kicked off a brief scuffle that was quickly broken up before the fighters could reach each other. At a press conference Thursday, Costa scoffed when Adesanya suggested he could submit Costa, a jiu-jitsu black belt. “I’ll berimbolo you if I wanted to,” Adesanya said. “I’ll grab your f*cking collar right now and put you in a bow-and-arrow.” “You never put a gi on your skinny body,” Costa replied. “Talk about jiu-jitsu with me. You’re crazy.” Adesanya and Costa are both more well-known for their elite striking skills, but they’ll have 25 minutes on Saturday to show everything they have to offer and settle their grudge.

UFC 253 video: Paulo Costa taunts Israel Adesanya with white belt leading to scuffle
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

After months of back-and-forth trash talk, Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa had one more heated exchange ahead of their main event clash this Saturday.

Adesanya defends his middleweight title against Costa in the UFC 253 headliner in Abu Dhabi and the two squared off after Friday’s weigh-ins, which can be watched above.

Bitter Rivals Square Off Saturday!","description":"Two titles on the line - LIVE HERE - from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.","label":"Watch Live Stream Here","url":"http://go.web.plus.espn.com/c/482924/595608/9070?sharedid=MMAFighting"}'>

Seemingly mocking Adesanya’s grappling skills, Costa pulled out a white belt and tossed it at Adesanya, prompting Adesanya to toss it right back. That gesture kicked off a brief scuffle that was quickly broken up before the fighters could reach each other.

At a press conference Thursday, Costa scoffed when Adesanya suggested he could submit Costa, a jiu-jitsu black belt.

“I’ll berimbolo you if I wanted to,” Adesanya said. “I’ll grab your f*cking collar right now and put you in a bow-and-arrow.”

“You never put a gi on your skinny body,” Costa replied. “Talk about jiu-jitsu with me. You’re crazy.”

Adesanya and Costa are both more well-known for their elite striking skills, but they’ll have 25 minutes on Saturday to show everything they have to offer and settle their grudge.

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