How does the UFC follow up one of the biggest cards of the year? With an understated Fight Night event featuring the long-awaited return of welterweight contender Leon Edwards. That’s what fans will see Saturday, as UFC Vegas 21 follows up last weekend’s UFC 259 PPV.
Waiting for Edwards has been a little like waiting for Jesus of late. Through no real fault of his own, Edwards has been out since July of 2019. When all is said and done he’ll have spent 602 days away from the octagon. That’s a lot of time to not be fighting. But it hasn’t been for lack of effort.
Edwards was supposed to have competed at least year’s ill-fated UFC London card, lost to the annals of history thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. A proposed bout against Khamzat Chimaev last year, then rebooked for earlier this year, fell through when first Edwards, then Chimaev, contracted COVID-19.
Edwards kicked the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Chimaev continues to struggle with it. And so, in his place this weekend is Belal Muhammad, finally ready for his close-up. And a shot at a top welterweight in the UFC.
The official weigh-in for UFC Vegas 21 (numerically UFC Fight Night 187) goes down Friday in Las Vegas. Check below for results from the scale.
UFC Vegas 21: Edwards vs. Muhammad Weigh-In Results
Welterweight: Leon Edwards (170.5) vs. Belal Muhammad (170)
Light Heavyweight: Misha Cirkunov (205) vs. Ryan Spann (206)*
Featherweight: Dan Ige (145.5) vs. Gavin Tucker (146)
Bantamweight: Jonathan Martinez (136) vs. Davey Grant (135.5)
Flyweight: Matheus Nicolau (125.5) vs. Manel Kape (125.5)
Middleweight: Eryk Anders (186) vs. Darren Stewart (185.5)
Women’s Strawweight: Angela Hill (115.5) vs. Ashley Yoder (116)
Featherweight: Charles Jourdain (145.5) vs. Marcelo Rojo (145.5)
Bantamweight: Rani Yahya (136) vs. Ray Rodriguez (135.5)
Lightweight: Nasrat Haqparast (156) vs. Rafa García (156)
Women’s Flyweight: Cortney Casey (126) vs. JJ Aldrich (125.5)
Women’s Strawweight: Jinh Yu Frey (115.5) vs. Gloria de Paula (115.5)
Welterweight: Matthew Semelsberger (169.5) vs. Jason Witt (171)
* Spann was given one hour to make weight, after he initially missed light heavyweight limit by 0.5lbs. He hit the mark on his second attempt.