Two major UFC events in three weeks? No problem for Kevin Holland.
Immediately intervening in injured Darren Till’s case, Holland successfully lifted in weight Friday morning at the UFC Vegas 23 middleweight main event alongside Marvin Vettori. Holland scored 183.5 pounds and Vettori put the scale at 186 pounds.
When Holland steps into the cage at UFC APEX on Saturday, he will match UFC flyweight champion Daveson Figueiredo for the fastest transition between major UFC events in 21 days. Figueiredo successfully defended his featherweight title against Alex Perez at UFC 255 last November, then kept it in a draw with Brandon Moreno the following month at UFC 256.
In the co-main competition, lightweight Sodik Yusuff (145.5) and Arnold Allen (146) also successfully rose in weight.
Norma Dumont and Ignacio Bajamondes both skipped weight.
Dumont put on 3.5 pounds above the bantamweight limit on Saturday and was replaced on Saturday by Erin Blanchfield (135). Blanchfield applied for a nine-day notice about Bea Malecki, who withdrew for undisclosed reasons.
This is the second time in so many contractions that Dumont is underweight. She also came in at 3.5lb against Ashley Evans-Smith last November.
Bajamondes initially weighed 157 pounds in a light bout against John McDessie, then made a second attempt with the curtain covering him after undressing. In the second attempt, he weighed 156.75 pounds, which is 0.75 pounds over the lightweight norm.
It is not yet known whether the duels of Dumont-Blanchfield and McDessie-Bahamondes will be held in the intermediate weight, and if so, what penalties the guilty fighters may face.
Main card (ABC, ESPN +, 3:00 pm ET)
Kevin Holland (183.5) vs. Marvin Vettori (186)
Sodik Yusuff (146) vs. Arnold Allen (145.5)
Sam Alvey (186) vs. Julian Marquez (186)
Nina Nunez (116) vs. Mackenzie Dern (115)
Mike Perry (170) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (170.5)
Preliminary map (ESPN +, 12 p.m. ET)
Jim Miller (155.5) vs. Joe Solecki (155.5)
Scott Holtzman (155.5) vs. Mateusz Hamroth (156)
Erin Blanchfield (135) vs. Norma Dumont (139.5) *
John McDessie (153.5) vs. Ignacio Bajamondes (156.75) *
Yorgan De Castro (261.5) vs. Jargis Danho (255.5)
Hunter Azure (135.5) vs. Jack Shore (136)
Luis Saldana (145.5) vs. Jordan Griffin (145.5)
Da Un Jung (205.5) vs. William Knight (205.5)
Impa Kasanganai (170.5) – Sasha Palatnikov (170.5)
* skipped weight