The weigh-ins have wrapped for the semi-final round of Road to UFC, with twenty fighters hitting the scale on Saturday morning in Abu Dhabi.
However, out of the twenty in attendance, two missed weight. Kim Min Woo missed the bantamweight limit by three pounds- weighing 139lbs- for his semifinal fight with Toshiomi Kazama. According to his management, a doctor halted the weight cut out of concern for Kim’s health when he was a few pounds away. As a result, Kim will not fight in the tournament, and Toshiomi will advance to the Road to UFC finals.
Gian Siqueira missed the welterweight limit by four pounds, weighing in at 175lbs for his non-tournament bout with Samandar Murodov. That fight will proceed at a catchweight, with Siqueira forfeiting a portion of his purse to Murodov.
The other fights of the two episodes will continue as scheduled, as Asian fighters from six countries vie for a spot in the upcoming Road to UFC finals. The winner of each of the four tournament brackets will receive a UFC contract. The runner-ups also have the potential at being offered a contract with the promotion. No timetable for the finals has been announced, although multiple sources have pointed to the final UFC Fight Night card on December 17th in Las Vegas as a possibility.
The semifinal round goes down this Sunday in Abu Dhabi exclusively on UFC Fight Pass, one day after the blockbuster UFC 280 card. Stay tuned to The AllStar for more updates on the tournament as well as a recap of the semifinals.
ROAD TO UFC SEMIFINALS WEIGH-IN RESULTS:
EPISODE 5: Sunday, October 23 at 7am ET / 4am PT
Featherweight Bout: Yi Zha (145) vs Koyomi Matsushima (145.5)
Flyweight Bout: Quilun (126) vs Choi Seung Guk (126)
Lightweight Bout: Ki Won Bin (156) vs Jeka Saragih (155.5)
Bantamweight Bout: Toshiomi Kazama (136) vs Kim Min Woo (139.5)
Featherweight Bout (Non-Tournament): Balajin (146) vs Keisuke Sasu (145.5)
EPISODE 6: Sunday, October 23 at 9am ET / 6am PT
Featherweight Bout: Lee Jeong Yeong (145) vs Lu Kai (146)
Bantamweight Bout: Rinya Nakamura (136) vs Shohei Nose (136)
Flyweight Bout: Topnoi Kiwram (126) vs Park Hyun Sung (126)
Lightweight Bout: Anshul Jubli (156) vs Kim Kyung Pyo (155)
Welterweight Bout (Non-Tournament): Samandar Murodov (170) vs Gian Siqueira (175)