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FOUR POUNDS?!?! Two fighters fined after missing weight for UFC 285

Jon Jones was the talk of the town on Friday, as fans (and nervous gamblers) anxiously awaited his trip to the scale. “Bones” is making his heavyweight debut against Ciryl Gane — with the vacant 265-pound title on the line — in the UFC 285 pay-per-view (PPV) main event this Sat. night (March 4, 2023) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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CHAMPIONSHIP TRILOGY! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to The O2 in London England, on Sat., March 18, 2023, with newly-minted Welterweight kingpin, Leon Edwards, running it back with former 170-pound champion, Kamaru Usman, for a third (and likely final) time. In UFC 286’s pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, all-action Lightweight knockout artists, Justin Gaethje and Rafael Fiziev, will lock horns with the winner inching closer to a future Lightweight title shot.

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Unfortunately, not everyone was able to make their respective mark.

Bantamweight bruiser Mana Martinez came in at 137 pounds and did not attempt to weigh in for a second time. Remember, Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) affords fighters a one-pound allowance in non-title fights, so “Manaboi” was just one pound shy of the limit. Unfortunately, welterweight veteran Geoff Neal was not even close to the welterweight limit, coming in four pounds heavy.

“Hands of Steel” clocked in at 175 for his main card showdown opposite Shavkat Rakhmonov (170) and like Martinez, will have to cough up 30-percent of his fight purse (with each fine going directly to their respective opponents). The good news for MMA fans is that both fights will continue as scheduled.

Remember that will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 285 fight card right here, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard on ESPN/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.

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