UFC Vegas 61 Weigh-in Video – No Followers or Media Allowed, Zuckerberg Might be in Attendance

UFC Vegas 61 takes place at UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The struggle card airs reside on ESPN+.

Strawweights collide in Las Vegas!

Las Vegas, NV (Oct0ber 1, 2022)– The UFC is holding its subsequent struggle present with out followers or media members in attendance, and the UFC just isn’t giving a cause why.

The UFC will stage a 13-bout Combat Evening card on the Apex Fitness center on its company campus in Las Vegas on Saturday night time, however no followers or reporters might be there. The UFC has held common televised playing cards on the small gymnasium for the reason that begin of the coronavirus pandemic, however has sometimes allowed in teams of followers and media representatives.

Strawweight Mackenzie Dern, who’s combating Yan Xioanan in the primary occasion, mentioned at a media availability Wednesday that Mark Zuckerberg, the Fb cofounder and Meta chief govt officer, has “rented out the entire occasion.” Zuckerberg is a UFC followers and trains MMA.

“I do know he’ll be there,” Dern mentioned. “However I don’t know if it’s simply, like, actually him and his spouse, if he’s going to have buddies, or if it’s identical to a small get together. I don’t know. I’m excited, and that simply makes me extra pushed to placed on an excellent present. I do know everybody’s watching on TV, however for Mark and whoever’s gonna be there, I’ll placed on a present. That’s what they need to see, is a present. Then we’re going to provide a present.”

UFC President Dana White has refused to announce a cause for the closure when requested in current days, however he went on Twitter on Wednesday to disclaim that Zuckerberg has booked all the Apex gymnasium for himself.

A UFC spokesperson declined to remark when requested by The Related Press, as a substitute referring to an e mail despatched to common MMA reporters asserting the closure and not using a cause. Reporters are allowed to cowl the official weigh-in on Friday, however not the fights.

ESPN+ remains to be broadcasting the Combat Evening present as normal.

Take a look at UFC Vegas 61 weigh-in outcomes beneath.

Major Card (ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET)

Mackenzie Dern (115.5) vs. Yan Xiaonan (115.5)

Randy Brown (170.5) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (170)

Raoni Barcelos (135.5) vs. Trevin Jones (135)

Sodiq Yusuff (145.5) vs. Don Shainis (146)

John Castaneda (139.5) vs. Daniel Santos (138.5) — 140-pound catchweight bout

Mike Davis (155) vs. Viacheslav Borshchev (155.5)

Preliminary Card (ESPN+ at 4 p.m. ET)

Ilir Latifi (253) vs. Aleksei Oleinik (254)

Joaquim Silva (155) vs. Jesse Ronson (155.5)

Krzysztof Jotko (185.5) vs. Brendan Allen (186)

Maxim Grishin (205.5) vs. Philipe Lins (205.5)

Julija Stoliarenko (139.5) vs. Chelsea Chandler (140) — 140-pound catchweight bout

Guido Cannetti (135.5) vs. Randy Costa (135)

A strawweight bout between Jessica Penne and Tabatha Ricci has been cancelled attributable to Penne being compelled to withdraw attributable to a non-weight cut-related sickness.

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