Kamaru Usman, Leon Edwards on the money

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SALT LAKE CITY – MMA Junkie was on the scene, reporting live from Friday’s official UFC 278 fighter weigh-ins, where everyone on the map reached their goal.

In the main event, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (20-1 MMA, 15-0 UFC) takes on challenger Leon Edwards (19-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) in a rematch. Usman won their first fight in 2015 in his first fight after winning “The Ultimate Fighter”.

Usman was the first fighter on the scale in the official two-hour window and weighed 170 pounds on the nose. Edwards was right behind him and was also 170.

In the co-main event, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (16-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) returns after a three-year hiatus to face Paulo Costa (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) . Costa has lost twice in a row, including a middleweight title fight. In his follow up, he struggled to gain 185 pounds and fought Marvin Vettori at light heavyweight and lost a decision. But he had no problems with the scales on Friday and came in at 185.5 pounds. Rockhold also hit 185.5.

The early weigh-ins took place at the UFC host hotel in Salt Lake City and preceded the ceremonial fan weigh-ins, which take place at 6:00 PM ET at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. The same venue will host Saturday’s event, which will have a main card on pay-per-view after prelims on ABC/ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.

The full UFC 278 weigh-in results include:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10pm ET)

  • Champ Kamaru Usman (170) vs. Leon Edwards (170) – Welterweight for the title
  • Paulo Costa (185.5) vs Luke Rockhold (185.5)
  • Jose Aldo (136) vs. Merab Dvalishvili (136)
  • Lucie Pudilova (135.5) v Wu Yanan (136)
  • Harry Hunsucker (204.5) vs Tyson Pedro (205.5)

PREVIOUS CARD (ABC/ESPN/ESPN+, 8pm ET)

  • Alexandr Romanov (239.5) v Marcin Tybura (252.5)
  • Jared Gordon (155.5) vs Leonardo Santos (156)
  • Luis Saldana (145.5) vs. Sean Woodson (146)

PROVISIONAL CARD (ESPN+, 6:00 PM ET)

  • AJ Fletcher (170.5) vs Ange Loosa (170.5)
  • Amir Albazi (126) vs. Francisco Figueiredo (125.5)
  • Aori Qileng (136) v Jay Perrin (136)
  • Victor Altamirano (125) vs. Daniel Da Silva (126)

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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