Absolute Chaos at UFC Fight Night as Commission Cancels a Fight

Published 10/09/2021, 6:58 AM EDT

The UFC Fight Night on 9th October lost a fight from its fight card after massive changes during the weigh-in ceremony. The event will now take place with one fight less on the card.


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Phil Hawes was slated to clash against Deron Winn in Las Vegas this weekend. However, the latter pulled out of the fight because of health issues right before the weigh-ins. This left Hawes without a partner to dance with. Meanwhile, Chris Curtis, with a 26-8 MMA record, offered to fight Hawes for his UFC debut on extremely short notice. However, Hawes stepped back from fighting as he was preparing to fight Winn, per Bret Okamoto of ESPN.

As both the fighters, Hawes and Winn, pulled out from the fight, the event lost one bout from its fight card. However, another massive change struck the UFC event and Okamoto reported the scenario. He wrote, “This is wild. Phil Hawes vs. Deron Winn falls off last minute. UFC finds a very late replacement in Chris Curtis to face Hawes. Curtis weighs in.”


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“Hawes declines the opponent change. And JAMES KRAUSE, who is at the Apex to coach Tim Elliott, offers to step on the scale and fight Curtis tomorrow!! Unclear, if it will happen/commission will allow it, but James has accepted the fight. His quote via text: “I’m always game to make some money. Sh** ain’t sh**.”

After Hawes declined the fight, Tim Elliott’s coach James Krause offered to step in for a clash against Curtis. Unfortunately, the promotion couldn’t meet the terms and the fight got canceled. However, the rest of the fighters from the fight card have made their contractual weight, and here are the results.

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UFC Fight Night: Weigh-Ins Results

The weigh-ins for the UFC Fight Night this weekend took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. All the fighters made the weight successfully except for one. Furthermore, a fight got canceled from the card.

Main Card

Mackenzie Dern (114.5) vs. Marina Rodriguez (115) – women’s strawweight bout

Randy Brown (170.5) vs. Jared Gooden (174)*- welterweight bout

Tim Elliott (125.5) vs. Matheus Nicolau (125.5) – flyweight bout

Mariya Agapova (125) vs. Sabina Mazo (125) – women’s flyweight bout

Felipe Colares (136) vs. Chris Gutierrez (135) – bantamweight bout

Preliminary card

Alexandr Romanov (260) vs. Jared Vanderaa (265.5) – heavyweight bout

Damon Jackson (145.5) vs. Charles Rosa (145.5) – featherweight bout


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Loopy Godinez (115.5) vs. Silvana Juarez (114) – women’s strawweight bout

Steve Garcia (155) vs. Charlie Ontiveros (155.5) – lightweight bout

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Jared Gooden missed the weight and will forfeit 20 percent of his purse as a fine. The fight will continue at a catchweight.


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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.