UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez

The Ultimate Fighting Championship visits Phoenix, AZ on February 18 (AEDT) with UFC on ESPN held at Talking Stick Resort Arena. MMA event features the 13-fight bill with a heavyweight battle between Francis Ngannou and Cain Velasquez serving as a headliner of the show.

At the official weigh-in ceremony conducted a day before the fight night, the former title challenger Ngannou showed 258. The former UFC Heavyweight champion Velasquez tipped the scales at 248.

A pair of lightweights, James Vick and Paul Felder battle it out in the co-main event. Vick weighed-in at 156. Felder was 155.5.

Three fighters featured on the preliminary cards missed the required weight limit for their respective bouts. Manny Bermudez weighed in at 140 for his bout against bantamweight Benito Lopez who declared 135.5. “Bermudez missed weight and will forfeit 30 percent of his purse,” the promotion stated.

Jessica Penne missed women’s strawweight mark showing 118, while her opponent Jodie Esquibel was 115.5. Penne forfeits 20 percent of her purse in favor of Esquibel.

Renan Barao came in at 138, which was over the bantamweight limit for his bout against Luke Sanders, who weighed-in at 135.5. Barao also forfeits 20 percent of his purse.

The complete fight card and weight in results can be found below.

Main card
Francis Ngannou (258) vs. Cain Velasquez (248)
James Vick (156) vs. Paul Felder (155.5)
Cortney Casey (116) vs. Cynthia Calvillo (116)
Alex Caceres (146) vs. Kron Gracie (146)
Vicente Luque (171) vs. Bryan Barberena (170.5)
Andre Fili (145.5) vs. Myles Jury (146)

Preliminary card
Jimmie Rivera (135) vs. Aljamain Sterling (136)
Benito Lopez (135.5) vs. Manny Bermudez * (140)
Ashlee Evans-Smith (126) vs. Andrea Lee (125.5)
Scott Holtzman (156) vs. Nik Lentz (155.5)

Early prelims
Jessica Penne ** (118) vs. Jodie Esquibel (115.5)
Renan Barao *** (138) vs. Luke Sanders (135.5)
Alexandra Albu (114.5) vs. Emily Whitmire (116)

* Bermudez missed weight and will forfeit 30 percent of his purse.
** Penne missed weight and will forfeit 20 percent of her purse.
*** Barao missed weight and will forfeit 20 percent of his purse.