The weigh-ins are over, the staredowns are complete and, most important, fighters have made weight for the first card on Fight Island.
The first UFC event of the year is officially on and Diego Maradona even made an appearance of sorts on the scales.
Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar faced off for the final time before their fight on Saturday
Calvin Kattar and Max Holloway headline the card and both weighed in at 146lbs for their main event on Fight Island.
Despite concerns over Holloway’s ability to make featherweight in the past, it’s said that Blessed was comfortable this time around.
Elsewhere, Matt Brown and Carlos Condit square off in the co-main event that sees two veterans collide with a combined age of 76 in the cage.
Things were a little tense between Matt Browne and Carlos Condit
They both weighed in at 171lbs and Condit has already revealed this is the final bout on his UFC contract and he feels he needs a win to make sure he isn’t cut.
Brown has also suggested this may be his final fight before retirement, so there’s a lot on the line for both men.
The other welterweight bout saw Argentine Santiago Ponzinibbio come in at 171lbs for his first fight in two years.
His opponent on Saturday, Li Jingliang weighed in at 170 and Ponzinibbio also found time to honour the late Diego Maradona.
The football legend, who led Argentina to victory at the 1986 World Cup, passed away last year and Ponzinibbio made sure he was remembered as he took to the scales.
Ponzinibbio, with the help of Jingliang, held a banner with Maradona’s face when they weighed in ahead of their fight in Abu DhabiGetty Images – Getty
Maradona forever @SPonzinibbioMMA honored his countryman at today’s weigh-in.
[ #UFCFightIsland7 | #InAbuDhabi | @VisitAbuDhabi ] pic.twitter.com/GfQGP0Ma8f
— UFC (@ufc) January 15, 2021
The viral sensation Joaquin Buckley weighed in one pound less that his Italian opponent Alessio di Chirico [186lbs] at 185lbs and interestingly enough, Buckley was the only one out of everyone to show a little spice and fire during the face-off.
He attempted to talk to Di Chirico and get close to his foe, but UFC president Dana White made sure he didn’t get too close.
Buckley appeared in a confident mood
Rounding off the main card, undefeated middleweights Punahele Soriano and Dusko Todorovic both came in bang on 186lbs.
Holloway and Kattar are essentially competing for the chance to face the winner of Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega, whenever that fight gets set.
Holloway has already had two cracks at current champion Volkanovski, but it’s widely believed he was very hard done by in at least one of them.
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