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For the third week in a row, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will put on a card airing on ESPN, but it lost multiple fights during its dramatic weigh-ins.
UFC on ESPN 28 is headlined by a bout between middleweight mainstays Uriah Hall and Sean Strickland and both main eventers made weight. A middleweight with tremendous knockout potential, Hall (17-9) is always a wildcard when he enters the Octagon. "Primetime" is on the best streak of his career having put together four straight wins inside the UFC. In his last time out, Chris Weidman suffered a gruesome leg injury from the first kick at the beginning of their bout. Prior to that, Hall knocked out Anderson Silva, won a decision over Antonio Carlos Jr. and decimated Bevon Lewis with a perfectly placed uppercut. Hall stepped on the scale at 185.5 pounds.
Also on a four-fight win streak is Strickland (23-3), and he remains unbeaten as a middleweight in his career. The 30-year-old most recently picked up a TKO win over Brendan Allen at a scheduled catchweight, and won a decision over Krzysztof Jotko. "Tarzan" will look to dive further into contention with a win here, and he officially weighed 185 pounds for his first UFC main event.
Although Hall and Strickland had no problem making weight, the same could not be said for others on the card. Nicco Montano (143) continued to struggle to hit her proper marks, missing weight by seven pounds, which resulted in her bantamweight bout against Yanan Wu (135.5) getting scrapped. Also off is a bantamweight tilt between Trevin Jones (135) and Ronnie Lawrence after Lawrence did not appear at the weigh-ins and was pulled for medical issues. Finally, Philip Rowe (173.5) came in 2.5 pounds above the welterweight limit for his bout against Orion Cosce (170.5), and this match will continue with a 20 percent fine for Rowe going to Cosce.
UFC on ESPN 28 will air in its entirety on both ESPN+ and ESPN. The prelims should begin around 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, while the main card starts at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
UFC on ESPN 28 Weigh-in Results:Uriah Hall (185.5) vs. Sean Strickland (185)
Kyung Ho Kang (136) vs. Rani Yahya (136)
Cheyanne Buys (116) vs. Gloria de Paula (115.5)
Jared Gooden (171) vs. Niklas Stolze (170.5)
Zarrukh Adashev (125.5) vs. Ryan Benoit (126)
Bryan Barberena (170.5) vs. Jason Witt (170.5)
Nicco Montano (143)* vs. Yanan Wu (135.5)
Collin Anglin (146) vs. Melsik Baghdasaryan (145.5)
Rafa Garcia (154) vs. Chris Gruetzemacher (156)
Danny Chavez (145.5) vs. Kai Kamaka III (144.5)
Jinh Yu Frey (115.5) vs. Ashley Yoder (116)
Trevin Jones (135) vs. Ronnie Lawrence (N/A)**
Orion Cosce (170.5) vs. Philip Rowe (173.5)***
* Montano missed weight by seven pounds and the fight has been canceled.
** Lawrence did not weigh in and the fight has been canceled.
*** Rowe missed weight by 2.5 pounds and has been fined 20 percent of his purse.
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