A battle of top bantamweight contenders is less than a day away.
UFC Vegas 44 headliners Rob Font and Jose Aldo are official for Saturday’s card at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, coming in at 134 pounds and 136 pounds, respectively. Font is currently ranked No. 5 in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings, with Aldo a spot behind at No. 6.
It is the second consecutive main event for Font and the eighth UFC main event for Aldo, a former champion at 145 pounds.
There was one eye-popping result as Azamat Murzakanov — originally scheduled to fight Philipe Lins at light heavyweight — weighed in nearly 50 pounds lighter than opponent Jared Vanderaa, who tipped the scales at 265 pounds. Vanderaa stepped in on short notice after Lins withdrew for undisclosed reasons and the bout with Murzakanov was changed to a heavyweight affair.
However, shortly after the conclusion of the morning weigh-ins, officials announced that due to Vanderaa not being medically cleared to compete, the bout has been cancelled. It was initially announced that the bout was cancelled due to COVID-19 protocol, but a correction was issued soon after.
See the UFC Vegas 44 weigh-in results below:
Main Card (ESPN and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET)
Rob Font (134) vs. Jose Aldo (136)
Brad Riddell (155.5) vs. Rafael Fiziev (155.5)
Preliminary Card (ESPN and ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET)
Azamat Murzakanov (216.5) vs. Jared Vanderaa (265)*
*Murzakanov vs. Vanderaa has been cancelled due to Vanderaa not being medically cleared to compete