It helped that the strawweight contenders are competing a division up at flyweight this weekend. At Friday’s official weigh-ins, Rodriguez successfully made weight at 125.5 pounds, while Waterson came in at 125.
Unfortunately for the UFC Vegas 26 lineup, there were multiple hiccups on Friday resulting in two misses and a pair of bout cancellations.
Ryan Benoit weighed in at 129 pounds, three pounds over the flyweight limit for his preliminary bout opposite Zarrukh Adashev (125.5). The miss came after Benoit initially had to be escorted off of the scale when it was clear he was having difficulty standing. However, he returned shortly after to register an official weight.
This is the second time that Benoit has come in three pounds over the flyweight limit. He also weighed in at 129 pounds for a bout with Ashkan Mokhtarian in November 2017.
Benoit’s bout with Adashev has been cancelled due to “weight management issues,” according to the UFC.
A preliminary heavyweight bout between Ben Rothwell and Philipe Lins has also been cancelled. Rothwell weighed in at 264.5 pounds, but Lins was absent at the official weigh-ins. It was later announced Lins has not been medically cleared to compete.
Lightweight veteran Diego Ferreira missed weight, coming in at 160.5 pounds, 4.5 pounds over the limit for his main card bout opposite Gregor Gillespie. Their bout will proceed at a catchweight, with Ferreira forfeiting 30 percent of his purse to Gillespie.
This is also Ferreira’s second UFC weight miss. He weighed in at 157 pounds for a bout with Rustam Khabilov in February 2019.
See the full UFC Vegas 26 weigh-in results below:
Main card (ESPN/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET)
Marina Rodriguez (125.5) vs. Michelle Waterson (125)
Donald Cerrone (170) vs. Alex Morono (170.5)
Diego Ferreira (160.5)* vs. Gregor Gillespie (156)
Prelims (ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET)
Ben Rothwell (264.5) vs. Philipe Lins** — cancelled
Ryan Benoit (129)*** vs. Zarrukh Adashev (125.5) — cancelled
*Ferreira missed the lightweight limit by 4.5 pounds. Per the UFC, his bout with Gregor Gillespie will proceed at a catchweight with Ferreira forfeiting 30 percent of his purse to Gillespie
**Lins did not weigh in. Per the UFC, he was not medically cleared to compete and his bout with Ben Rothwell has been cancelled
***Benoit struggled to stand on the scale and missed the flyweight limit by three pounds. His bout with Zarrukh Adashev has been cancelled