At Friday’s official weigh-ins for UFC 284, Volkanovski stepped to the scales first, weighing in at 154.5 pounds for his first lightweight appearance since his UFC debut in November 2016. The Australian star enters Saturday’s main event as the UFC featherweight champion and is currently No. 1 in the MMA Fighting Pound-for-Pound Rankings.
Makhachev, No. 2 on that list, weighed in at 155 pounds for his first title defense. He stripped down and needed to be covered by a box to make the weight, but otherwise hit the mark without issue. Makhachev was one of six fighters to require coverage from the box.
Not everyone was so lucky as two preliminary fighters came in heavy, flyweight Kleydson Rodrigues and lightweight Zubaira Tukhugov. Rodrigues weighed in at 127 pounds on his initial attempt for his bout with Shannon Ross and did not weigh in a second time. Their bout will proceed as a catchweight, with Rodrigues forfeiting 20 percent of his purse as penalty.
Tukhugov weighed in at 157.5 pounds, 1.5 pounds over the lightweight limit. It is not yet known if he will attempt to cut more weight, if opponent Elves Brenner will accept a catchweight bout with Tukhugov forfeiting a percentage of his purse, or if the bout will be cancelled.
This is the second time in Tukhugov’s UFC career that weight cut issues have affected one of his bouts, with the prior gaffe occurring at featherweight.
See the UFC 284 official weigh-in results below.
Main card (ESPN+ PPV at 10 p.m. ET)
Islam Makhachev (155) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (154.5)
Yair Rodriguez (145) vs. Josh Emmett (145)
Prelims (ESPN/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET)
Shannon Ross (125.5) vs. Kleydson Rodrigues (127)*
Early Prelims (ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET)
Zubaira Tukhugov (157.5)** vs. Elves Brenner (155.5)
*Rodrigues fined 20 percent of his purse for missing weight
**Tukhogov has one hour to weigh-in again