The second Ultimate Fighting Championship PPV of the year is upon us, and it will feature a middleweight championship headliner.
At UFC 271, Israel Adesanya (21-1, 10-1 UFC) will attempt his fourth attempted title defense. After failing in his bid to become a two-division champion in March 2021, “The Last Stylebender” returned to the 185-pound division and upended Marvin Vettori in June of last year. Now, Adesanya is looking for his eleventh consecutive middleweight triumph under the UFC banner. The defending champion had no issues making the championship weight as he weighed 184 pounds.
Former UFC middleweight titleholder Robert Whittaker (23-5, 14-3 UFC) is eager to recapture the belt that was once his. Whittaker lost the championship to Adesanya following a second-round knockout in October 2019. Since then, “Bobby Knuckles” scored three consecutive victories en route to secure another title shot. On the scales, Whittaker recorded 184 pounds too.
The co-main event is a heavyweight affair between former UFC heavyweight championship challenger Derrick Lewis (26-8, 1NC; 17-6 UFC) and Tai Tuivasa (13-3, 7-3 UFC). Both fighters hit the scale below the heavyweight class’ limit as “The Black Beast” recorded 266 pounds and “Bam Bam” Tuivasa 265 pounds.
During the weigh-in ceremony, there was a bit of drama as two fighters missed weight. First, William Knight presented himself at 218 pounds, 12 over the limit of his contracted light-heavyweight clash with Maxim Grishin. Knight (11-2, 3-1 UFC) will lose 40% of his purse, but he will compete tomorrow as Grishin accepted to face his opponent at heavyweight. Moreover, Alex Perez came in two pounds heavier for his flyweight affair against Matt Schnell. Since his opponent didn’t accept to take on the fight, the bout has been scratched off the card.
UFC 271 will go down at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The main card will stream on ESPN+ pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET. Early prelims start at 6 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+.
Israel Adesanya (184) vs. Robert Whittaker (184) for the middleweight championship
Derrick Lewis (266) vs. Tai Tuivasa (265) at heavyweight
Jared Cannonier (185) vs. Derek Brunson (185.5) at middleweight
Kyler Phillips (136) vs. Marcelo Rojo (136) at bantamweight
Bobby Green (155.5) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (156) at lightweight
Andrei Arlovski (246) vs. Jared Vanderaa (265) at heavyweight
Roxanne Modafferi (126) vs. Casey O'Neill (125.5) at flyweight
Alex Perez (128)* vs. Matt Schnell (126) at flyweight
Maxim Grishin (206) vs. William Knight (218)** at heavyweight
Ronnie Lawrence (136) vs. Leomana Martinez (136) at bantamweight
Alexander Hernandez (156) vs. Renato Carneiro (156)
Fabio Cherant (206) vs. Carlos Ulberg (204) at light heavyweight
A.J. Dobson (185) vs. Jacob Malkoun (186) at middleweight
Douglas Silva de Andrade (136) vs. Sergey Morozov (135) at bantamweight
Mike Mathetha (170) vs. Jeremiah Wells (170.5) at welterweight
*Perez missed weight by two pounds.
** Knight missed weight by 12 pounds and lost 40% of his purse.*