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Some exciting action is on tap for this weekend, but two fighters missed weight ahead of the event.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship continues its stretch of Las Vegas-based events with UFC Fight Night 175. The card is headlined by a three-round battle between light heavyweight contenders Anthony Smith and Aleksandar Rakic. Additionally, former welterweight champ Robbie Lawler will make his return after a over a year away, last competing in a loss to Colby Covington last year.
After a major setback at the hands of Glover Teixeira, Smith (33-15) will look to get back into the win column. His light heavyweight run has seen plenty of highs including wins over Alexander Gustafsson and two former champions in Rashad Evans and Mauricio Rua. With Jon Jones potentially moving on from the division, “Lionheart” will look to start his trek back to another title shot. Smith looked great on the scales and came in at 205 pounds on the dot.
Also coming off a loss is Rakic, who saw his 12-fight win streak snapped after being on the wrong side of a split decision against Volkan Oezdemir last year. Prior to that, “Rocket” made a name for himself inside the Octagon by knocking out Jimi Manuwa and Devin Clark. Rakic had no issue making weight and officially weighed 205.5 pounds.
Although the 11-fight card is official, the weigh-ins weren’t without some drama as two fighters tipped the scales above their respective limits: late-notice replacement Austin Springer (151)* missed by five pounds for his featherweight contest against Alex Caceres, while Hannah Cifers (117)** came in a pound overweight for her return to strawweight. Springer has been fined 30 percent of his purse, Cifers 20 percent of hers, and the fights are official.
UFC Fight Night 175 will air in its entirety on ESPN+. The prelims begin at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, while the main card kicks off at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
UFC Fight Night 175 Weigh-in Results:Anthony Smith (205) vs. Aleksandar Rakic (205.5)
Robbie Lawler (171) vs. Neil Magny (171)
Alexa Grasso (126) vs. Ji Yeon Kim (126)
Ricardo Lamas (145) vs. Bill Algeo (146)
Magomed Ankalaev (205) vs. Ion Cutelaba (205.5)
Maki Pitolo (184.5) vs. Impa Kasanganay (185.5)
Zak Cummings (185) vs. Alessio Di Chirico (184)
Alex Caceres (145) vs. Austin Springer (151)*
Christian Aguilera (170) vs. Sean Brady (170.5)
Emily Whitmire (115.5) vs. Polyana Viana (116)
Mallory Martin (115.5) vs. Hannah Cifers (117)**
* Springer missed weight by five pounds and has been fined 30 percent of his purse.
** Cifers missed weight by one pound and has been fined 20 percent of her purse.
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