UFC on ESPN+ 38 Weigh ins, Fighter Replacements and Callouts

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UFC on ESPN+ 38 Weigh-ins

The final Fight Night card of this series on Fight Island goes down this weekend when Brian Ortega takes on Chan Sung Jung in a number one contenders fight at featherweight.

In the co-main event, former title contender Katlyn Chookagian looks to continue her journey back to a championship fight when she welcomes weight-class newcomer and former strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade to 125lbs. Following back-to-back losses at 115lbs, Andrade looks to get back to winning ways.

All fighters on the card made weight, with one surprise in-particular. The famous hair of T-City, Brian Ortega has gone. The Californian surprised everyone when he took off his cap to reveal his shaven head at the weigh-ins. He will be donating it to charity after the fight.


Lauren Murphy gets new opponent for UFC 254

‘Lucky’ Lauren Murphy has been on a tear as of late. With three back to back victories and with five now in the flyweight division, Murphy was set to face Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 254 in a pivotal flyweight contest. It was announced, however, that Calvillo had been removed from the bout and that the UFC were looking for a replacement. Murphy will certainly be keeping an eye on the co-main event of UFC on ESPN+ 38 as it could produce her next opponent.

The replacement comes in the form of a promotional newcomer, Uzbekistan’s Liliya Shakirova. Shakirova is 8-1 in her professional career and has fought in promotions including Fight Nights Global. Shakirova was last in action last October when she defeated 1-1 flyweight, Aygul Kuzu Abduvakhid.

Chris Weidman calls for January fight with Khamzat Chimaev

If you haven’t heard of Khamzat Chimaev, where have you been? The fighter of 2020 so far has been calling out everyone from 170lbs up to 185lbs. 3-0 in the UFC within just two months of signing for the promotion, Chimaev is an avoided man at both welterweight and middleweight.

We recently asked, who is next for Chimaev, yet we might have found the answer. Former middleweight champion, Chris Weidman called for a fight with Chimaev in January. Taking to Twitter, Weidman claimed that Chimaev ‘needs humbling’ and that he wants to be the one who does it.

Since losing his title to Luke Rockhold in 2015, Weidman has had a torrid time of it. 2-4 since that bout, with a win in his most recent bout, Weidman is looking to go on another run towards the title. A win for Chimaev over Weidman would certainly catapult him into the rankings and possibly even the title picture.

Whether this one goes ahead or not, it’s exciting. Few are calling for Chimaev and we have to respect Weidman for doing so.

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Frazer Krohn has been with MMASucka for nearly 5 years. He is the host of the MMASucka podcast, which is released every Monday. He's the author of a series of six books about MMA, which were published in 2023.

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