Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) had yet another pre-fight weigh-in event fall apart at the eleventh hour but credit to matchmakers — who benefitted from the dumbest of luck — two bounced fighters resulted in just one canceled match up.
Takashi Sato successfully made weight for his Daniel Rodriguez fight at UFC on ESPN 15 tomorrow night (Aug. 29) inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas; however, Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) ruled the Pancrase veteran ineligible to compete.
Elsewhere on the card, Octagon newcomer Calen Born no-showed the weigh ins altogether for “personal reasons,” leaving welterweight opponent Dwight Grant high and dry. Since both stranded fighters compete at 170 pounds, matchmakers were able to pit Rodriguez against Grant.
Here’s the updated UFC on ESPN 15 line up:
UFC on ESPN 15 Main Event on ESPN/ESPN+:
135 lbs.: Pedro Munhoz vs. Frankie Edgar
UFC on ESPN 15 Main Card on ESPN/ESPN+ (8:30 p.m. ET):
205 lbs.: Ovince Saint Preux vs. Alonzo Menifield
205 lbs.: Marcin Prachnio vs. Mike Rodriguez
125 lbs.: Mariya Agapova vs. Shana Dobson
170 lbs.: Daniel Rodriguez vs. Dwight Grant
UFC on ESPN 15 Prelims Card on ESPN+ (6 p.m. ET):
115 lbs.: Mizuki Inoue vs. Amanda Lemos
155 lbs.: Austin Hubbard vs. Joe Solecki
205 lbs.: Ike Villanueva vs. Jordan Wright
170 lbs.: Carlton Minus vs. Matthew Semelsberger
140 lbs.: Timur Valiev vs. Trevin Jones (catchweight)
Hopefully this new lineup stays intact for another 24 hours.
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