The women’s bantamweight title will be on the line Saturday night, with Olympic judo bronze medallist and UFC champion Ronda Rousey squaring off with Olympic wrestling silver medallist Sara McMann. Both fighters are unbeaten hitherto in their young MMA careers, with the champion winning all of her fights by way of armbar submission, while McMann has finished four of her seven opponents coming into the bout with Rousey.
‘Rowdy’ Ronda is 8-0 including two UFC title defences so far, and will look to break the unbeaten streak of her fellow Olympian Sara McMann. Rousey is a heavy favourite coming into the fight, especially considering her coming into the fight just two months after her last fight, compared to McMann’s 10 month layoff. Both fighters made weight for the pivotal clash, and the event will go ahead with an intriguing main event.
Elsewhere, Daniel Cormier will make his light heavyweight debut against UFC newcomer Patrick Cummins, who replaced Rashad Evans on 10 days notice. Cummins is 4-0 as a professional, fighting just twice in the last two years, and he is predictably a heavy underdog coming into the fight. Cormier will hope to announce himself to his new division in impressive fashion, but he fights an opponent that is a major step down from his original opponent, Evans.
Rory MacDonald will hope to bounce back from a recent loss, facing Demian Maia in a crucial welterweight tilt. TJ Waldburger and Mike Pyle will square off at 170lbs, as will TUF winner Robert Whittaker and karate expert Stephen Thompson. The preliminary card also exhibits some intriguing fights with divisional implications, including Jessica Eye vs. Alexis Davis and Raphael Assuncao vs. Pedro Munhoz.
The full weigh-in results are below.
Main Card: Pay-Per-View (10pm ET/7pm PT)
Women’s bantamweight title bout: (c) Ronda Rousey (135) vs. (#4) Sara McMann (135)
Light heavyweight bout: (#1 HW) Daniel Cormier (205) vs. Patrick Cummins (205)
Welterweight bout: (#4) Rory MacDonald (171) vs. (#6) Demian Maia (170)
Welterweight bout: Mike Pyle (171) vs. TJ Waldburger (171)
Welterweight bout: Robert Whittaker (170) vs. Stephen Thompson (170.5)
Preliminary Card: FOX Sports 1 (8pm ET/5pm PT)
Women’s bantamweight bout: (#3) Alexis Davis (135) vs. (#5) Jessica Eye (136)
Bantamweight bout: (#3) Raphael Assuncao (136) vs. Pedro Munhoz (135)
Bantamweight bout: Cody Gibson (135.5) vs. Aljamain Sterling (135.5)
Flyweight bout: (#10) Zach Makovsky (125) vs. Josh Sampo (126)
Preliminary Card: UFC Fight Pass (7pm ET/4pm PT)
Lightweight bout: Rafaello Oliveira (155) vs. Erik Koch (155)
Lightweight bout: Ernest Chavez (156) vs. Yosdenis Cedeno (155.5)
One side note from the weigh-ins – Cormier looked great at 205 and the weight cut didn’t seem to effect his energy.
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