– Weigh-ins for Friday night’s The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale event went down earlier today from Las Vegas. In the main event, Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends her strawweight title against top challenger Claudia Gadelha.
Jedrzejczyk weighed in at 114.5 pounds, while Gadelha came in right on the button at 115. Jedrzejczyk won the first encounter via split decision between the two.
The card will also feature two Ultimate Fighter finals, as Andrew Sanchez battles Khalil Rountree and Amanda Cooper squares off with Tatiana Suarez. The UFC debut of Will Brooks, a former Bellator lightweight champion, also takes place on the FOX Sports 1 main card.
Complete weigh-in results can be found below, while a video replay of the event can be viewed above.
MAIN CARD (10 p.m. ET/FOX Sports 1)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (114.5 lbs.) vs. Claudia Gadelha (115) for Jedrzejczyk’s strawweight title
Khalil Rountree (205.5) vs. Andrew Sanchez (199.5) in TUF 23 light heavyweight tournament final
Amanda Cooper (116) vs. Tatiana Suarez (115.5) in TUF 23 women’s strawweight tournament final
Will Brooks (156) vs. Ross Pearson (155.5)
Doo Ho Choi (146) vs. Thiago Tavares (146)
Andrew Holbrook (155.5) vs. Joaquim Silva (155)
PRELIMINARY CARD (8 p.m. ET/FOX Sports 1)
Fernando Bruno (146) vs. Gray Maynard (145.5)
John Moraga (126) vs. Matheus Nicolau (125.5)
Cory Hendricks (204) vs. Josh Stansbury (205.5)
Cezar Ferreira (186) vs. Anthony Smith (185)
PRELIMINARY CARD (7 p.m. ET/UFC Fight Pass)
Kevin Lee (155) vs. Jake Matthews (156)
Li Jingliang (171) vs. Anton Zafir (170)
– A report started circulating late Thursday afternoon that Anderson Silva would be the fighter to meet Daniel Cormier Saturday night at UFC 200. The rumor was first reported by Combate out of Brazil, but has since been denied by UFC officials.
UFC president Dana White stated in several interviews Thursday that the promotion has fighters lined up to meet Cormier, both for the light heavyweight title and in a non-title affair. Cormier was scheduled to meet Jon Jones in the main event, but Jones was removed from the card due to a possible USADA anti-doping violation.
Make sure to join us this Saturday for our live round-by-round coverage of UFC 200.
– An executive with GAT Nutrition, a sponsor for Jon Jones, denied that the substance in question in the failed drug test for Jones was from the company.
“Nothing Jon is using from GAT contains anything that is banned,” GAT Nutrition Vice President Mark Post said in an interview with MMAjunkie. “We do extensive third-party testing, and we know he has been tested (with no positives for performance-enhancing drugs) several times. Everything has come up clear. We have no idea what has changed in what he has taken over the last month. We don’t live with Jon and don’t even know what the banned substance is.”
Post added that Jones has taken two supplements – PMP Pre-Workout and an amino acid – that were both sent out to a quality insurance lab before being distributed.
“We have had no issues with any of our products,” Post said. “That’s what makes me question what (the banned substance) is. We don’t take chances with our athletes.”
Jones plans to fight the results and has already sent a “B” sample to a lab in Salt Lake City to be tested.