Till makes weight, co-main event off and Montano stripped

The UFC 228 early weigh-ins were the subject of much intrigue and anticipation in the lead up Saturday nights clashes. Social media was rife with speculation over whether or not Darren Till would make championship weight to fight current UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley in the main event at the American Airlines Centre in Dallas, Texas this evening. Darren Till had been questioned over his ability to make Welterweight following missing weight for his fight with Stephen Thompson by 3.5 lbs in Liverpool in May earlier this year. Till confounded critics by coming in at 169 lbs, a pound lighter than Woodley.

Inaugarel Women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano had her weight cut stopped short and was transferred to hospital where it was deemed she would be unable to compete due to kidney function issues. Valentina Shevchenko, Montano’s challenger had no such trouble, weighing in at 124.5 lbs for the bout. Shevchenko was due to challenge for the title in only her second outing at 125 lbs following her move down from 135 lbs and an impressive second round stoppage of Priscila Cachoira at UFC Fight Night 125. UFC President Dana White later confirmed Montano would be stripped of the Women’s straweight championship as a result on the UFC 228 weigh in show.

White commented, “The belt becomes vacated, so, the title is vacated. Obviously, Shevchenko is dying to fight for this title. So we’re in the process right now of trying to make another fight.”

Full fight card and weigh in results

Main Card
Tyron Woodley (170) vs. Darren Till (169) – Kamaru Usman (169) weighed in as main event alternate
Jessica Andrade (116) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (115)
Zabit Magomedsharipov (146) vs. Brandon Davis (146)
Abdul Razak Alhassan (170.5) vs. Niko Price (170.5)
Jimmie Rivera (136) vs. John Dodson (135.5)

Preliminary Card
Carla Esparza (115.5) vs. Tatiana Suarez (115)
Aljamain Sterling (135.5) vs. Cody Stamann (135.5)
Geoff Neal (170.5) vs. Frank Camacho (171)
Charles Byrd (185) vs. Darren Stewart (185.5)

Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Diego Sanchez (171) vs. Craig White (171)
Jim Miller (155.5) vs. Alex White (155)
Irene Aldana (135) vs. Lucie Pudilova (134)
Jarred Brooks (125.5) vs. Roberto Sanchez (126)
Cancelled
Nicco Montano (did not weigh) vs. Valentina Shevchenko (124.5)

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