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Saturday’s UFC event in Riyadh is a go after Friday’s weigh-ins in the cultural capital of Saudi Arabia.

Both men in the main event, former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and his short-notice opponent Ikram Aliskerov, both his the scales without incident with Whittaker taking his one-pound allowance to weigh in at 186-pounds. Aliskerov, despite taking the fight on about a week’s notice following the withdrawal of original headliner Khamzat Chimaev, came in below championship weight at 184-pounds.

The all-Russian heavyweight co-main event fight between Sergei Pavlovich and Alexander Volkov is also official after they registered 260 and 258-pounds respectively.

Kelvin Gastelum, who told the media earlier in the week that he was struggling to cut down to the non-title welterweight limit of 171-pounds for his bout with Daniel Rodriguez, weighed in at 184.5 for what is now a middleweight contest. Rodriguez came in at 184-pounds.

Elsewhere, there were no misses on the 11-fight card.

The full UFC Saudi Arabia weigh-in results are:


  • Robert Whittaker (186) vs. Ikram Aliskerov (184)
  • Sergei Pavlovich (260) vs. Alexander Volkov (258)
  • Kelvin Gastelum (184.5) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (184)
  • Shara Magomedov (185.5) vs. Antonio Trocoli (185.5)
  • Volkan Oezdemir (206) vs. Johnny Walker (206)


  • Jared Gordon (156) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (156)
  • Felipe Lima (145.5) vs. Muhammad Naimov (145.5)
  • Nicolas Dalby (171) vs. Rinat Fakhretdinov (170.5)
  • Muin Gafurov (136) vs. Kyung Ho Kang (136)
  • Magomed Gadzhiyasulov (205) vs. Brendson Ribeiro (205)
  • Chang Ho Lee (136) vs. Xiao Long (136)