The two pound-for-pound greats successfully made weight on Friday morning in Abu Dhabi at UFC 294’s official weigh-ins. Makhachev, the reigning UFC lightweight champion, tipped the scales at 155 pounds, while UFC featherweight champion Volkanovski came in a half-pound lighter, weighing 154.5 pounds for his second attempt at champ-champ status.
Volkanovski stepped into UFC 294’s main event as a replacement for Charles Oliveira on less than two weeks’ notice after Oliveira suffered a nasty cut above his right eye.
Makhachev edged Volkanovski via unanimous decision this past February in an instant classic to make the first defense of his UFC lightweight title. Makhachev and Volkanovski both tipped the scales at identical weights for their first bout as they did on Friday.
UFC lightweight contender Mateusz Gamrot also weighed in at 155 pounds as a backup fighter for the lightweight championship main event.
UFC 294 takes place Saturday, Oct. 21, at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
Two fighters on the preliminary card missed weight. Mike Breeden came in 3.5 pounds heavy for his lightweight bout against Anshul Jubli (155.5), and Viktoriya Dudakova (116.6) came in .6 pounds heavy for her strawweight bout against Jinh Yu Frey (116).
See UFC 294 official weigh-in results below.
Main Card (ESPN+ at 2 p.m. ET)
Islam Makhachev (155) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (154.5)
Preliminary Card (ESPN+ at 10 a.m. ET)
Mateusz Gamrot weighed in at 155 pounds as a backup for the lightweight championship main event.
*Breeden missed weight by 3.5 pounds
**Dudakova missed weight by .6 pounds