SALT LAKE CITY – MMA Junkie was on the scene and reported live from Friday’s official UFC 278 fighter weighed in where everyone on the card hit their marks.
In the main event, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (20-1 MMA, 15-0 UFC) faces challenger Leon Edwards (19-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) in a rematch. Usman won their first fight in 2015 in his first bout after winning “The Ultimate Fighter”.
Usman was the first fighter to the scale in the two-hour official window and was 170 pounds on the nose. Edwards was right behind him and was 170, too.
In the co-main event, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (16-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) returns after a layoff of more than three years to face Paulo Costa (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC). Costa has lost two straight, including a middleweight title bout. In his follow-up, he wrestled to 185 pounds and fought Marvin Vettori at light heavyweight and lost a decision. But he had no trouble getting on the scale Friday and came in at 185.5 pounds. Rockhold hit 185.5, too.
The early weigh-ins took place at the UFC host hotel in Salt Lake City and preceded the ceremonial scales for the worshippers, which take place at 6 pm ET at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. The same venue hosts Saturday’s event, which features a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on ABC/ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.
The full weight results from UFC 278 included:
MAIN CARD (pay-per-view, 10:00 p.m. ET)
- Champ Kamaru Usman (170) vs. Leon Edwards (170) – for welterweight title
- Paulo Costa (185.5) vs. Luke Rockhold (185.5)
- Jose Aldo (136) vs. Merab Dvalishvili (136)
- Lucie Pudilova (135.5) vs. Wu Yan (136)
- Harry Hunsucker (204.5) vs. Tyson Pedro (205.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (ABC/ESPN/ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
- Alexander Romanov (239.5) vs. Marcin Tybura (252.5)
- Jared Gordon (155.5) vs. Leonardo Santos (156)
- Luis Saldana (145.5) vs. Sean Woodson (146)
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)
- AJ Fletcher (170.5) vs. Ange Loosa (170.5)
- Amir Albazi (126) vs. Francisco Figueiredo (125.5)
- Aori Qileng (136) vs. Jay Perrin (136)
- Victor Altamirano (125) vs. Daniel Da Silva (126)