UFC 228 in Dallas, Texas is a little more than 24 hours away. With the waning hours of the morning come and go, tomorrow’s night’s fighters prepare for the UFC 228 weigh-in. Fighters begin hitting the scale at 10 pm ET.
The event features two intriguing title fights. First, in the evening’s co-main event the women’s flyweight title is on the line. Champion Nicco Montano faces #1 contender Valentina Shevchenko. Ending the PPV in typical fashion is another title fight pitting welterweight champion Tyron Woodley against streaking contender Darren Till.
Flyweight Title Fight in Jeopardy
According to a report by ESPN, tomorrow night’s flyweight championship is in serious jeopardy. The reported stated, flyweight champion Montano was transported to the hospital this morning. At this time, details of the reason behind her transport are unknown.
A potential injury or illness for Montano adds to the string of back luck following her since earning the flyweight title late last year. UFC 228 was to be the return of Montano as she was set to defend her title for the first time. If she is unable to compete at tomorrow nights event, it seems as if the UFC flyweight title must be decided at a different time. The co-main event was the only women’s flyweight bout scheduled for the card, finding a replacement at this juncture looks nearly impossible.
Outside of tomorrow nights two title fights, UFC 228 boasts exciting matchups up and down the event lineup. Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Niko Price is sure to be visually pleasing. Both fighters are coming off impressive knockout victories. Alhassan handled Sabbah Homasi in what was an immediate rematch of an incredibly entertaining fight which ended in controversy. Price comes into the event having KO’d Randy Brown in unique and spectacular fashion. For more under the radar and near-guaranteed ‘Fight of the Night’ contenders check out the “Three Under the Radar Matchups for UFC 228”.
Another exciting fight is the return of eternal TUF 1 legend, Diego Sanchez. Sanchez makes the walk opposite Craig White. In his last bout, Sanchez fell to Matt Brown by way of a brutal elbow. White is also coming off a loss, as he fell in his UFC debut against Neil Magny. The Cage Warriors veteran also lost by way of 1st round knockout. Despite the recent records of both, an unentertaining Diego Sanchez fight does not exist. Merely suggesting so would be a crime punishable by the deepest extent of MMA law.
Flyweight Title Fight Removed
According to ESPN, the women’s flyweight title fight is canceled. The bout was scrapped after flyweight champion, Nicco Montano was transported to the hospital this morning ahead of weigh-ins (also reported by ESPN). No opponent could be found for Shevchenko as the women’s flyweight title fight was the only flyweight fight set for the card.
UFC 228 Weigh-in Results
UFC 228 Main Card PPV (10 pm ET)
[Welterweight Champion] Tyron Woodley (170) vs. Darren Till (169)
[Flyweight Champion] Nicco Montano () vs. Valentina Shevchenko (124.5)*
Brandon Davis (146) vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov (146)
Jessica Andrade (116) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (115)
Abdul Razak Alhassan (170.5) vs. Niko Price (170.5)
Preliminary Card FX (8 pm ET)
Carla Esparza (115.5) vs. Tatiana Suarez (115)
Cody Stamann (125.5) vs. Aljamain Sterling (135.5)
John Dodson (135.5) vs. Jimmie Rivera (136)
Charles Byrd (185) vs. Darren Stewart (185.5)
Fight Pass Preliminary Card UFC Fight Pass (6 pm ET)
Diego Sanchez (171) vs. Craig White (171)
Jim Miller (155.5) vs. Alex White (155)
Irene Aldana (135) vs. Lucie Pudilova (134)
Jared Brooks (125.5) vs. Roberto Sanchez (126)
Frank Camacho (171) vs. Geoff Neal (170.5)
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