See all of the fighters hit the scales ahead of this weekend’s fight night.
In the UFC Fox 9 main event, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (18-2-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC) defends his title for the third time against Joseph Benavidez (19-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC), the man he beat to win the inaugural title 15 months ago. Both Johnson and Benavidez were on their marks at 125 on the nose, the max for a flyweight title fight.
Benavidez got an expected edge in the ovation category from the crowd, which clearly backed its hometown favorite. Benavidez has been a longtime member of the renowned Team Alpha Male gym in Sacramento.
In the co-main event, Team Alpha Male founder Urijah Faber (29-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC) meets Michael McDonald (16-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC), who lives and trains a little more than an hour away. Faber and McDonald both are recent bantamweight title challengers, and the winner will stay in the hunt for another crack at the belt. The loser heads back into the middle of the pack. Faber has never lost a non-title fight in his professional career. Faber, who got a huge bump from the crowd, was 135 on the dot, while McDonald was 135.25.