William Knight had a massive weight miss on Friday.
The light heavyweight made history at the UFC 271 official weigh-ins, coming in way over the 205-pound limit (plus one-pound allowance) as he stepped onto the scale at 218 pounds for his bout with Maxim Grishin (206). Knight’s 12-pound miss set a dubious UFC record, surpassing the 11. 5-pound weight miss of Rafael Alves from UFC Vegas 19 last February.
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However, shortly after Knight weighed in, it was announced that his bout with Grishin would now be contested at heavyweight with Knight forfeiting 40 percent of his purse as penalty.
That was not the only problem at Friday’s official weight-ins. Alex Perez came in at 128 pounds, two pounds over the limit for his flyweight bout against Matt Schnell (126). UFC officials informed MMA Fighting later that Schnell had declined to fight. This is the fourth time that a bout between Perez and Schnell has fallen through.
Headliners Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker made weight without issue, with both champion and challenger hitting the mark at 184 pounds.
See the UFC 271 weigh-in results below.
Main Card (10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ pay-per-view)
Israel Adesanya (184) vs. Robert Whittaker (184)
Derrick Lewis (266) vs. Tai Tuivasa (265)
Derek Brunson (185. 5) vs. Jared Cannonier (185)
Kyler Phillips (136) vs. Marcelo Rojo (136)
Nasrat Haqparast (156) vs. Bobby Green (155. 5)
Preliminary Card (8 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+)
Andrei Arlovski (246) vs. Jared Vanderaa (265)
Roxanne Modafferi (126) vs. Casey O’Neill (125. 5)
Alex Perez (128)* vs. Matt Schnell (126)
William Knight (218)** vs. Maxim Grishin (206)
Early Prelims (6 p.m. ET on ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass)
Mana Martinez (136) vs. Ronnie Lawrence (136)
Alexander Hernandez (156) vs. Renato Moicano (156)
Carlos Ulberg (204) vs. Fabio Cherant (206)
AJ Dobson (185) vs. Jacob Malkoun (186)
Douglas Silva de Andrade (136) vs. Sergey Morozov (135)
Jeremiah Wells (170. 5) vs. Mike Mathetha (170)
*Perez lost weight in his fight with Matt Schnell at flyweight. Schnell’s refusal to fight
has caused the bout to be cancelled.
**Knight lost weight in his fight with Maxim Grishin at light heavyweight. The bout will proceed as a heavyweight contest with Knight forfeiting 40 percent of his purse as penalty