10 Things You Should Know about UFC 224 Saturday Fight Card

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will defend her title in the main event against Raquel Pennington. Nunes, who was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil will have a serious home-field advantage in this one. In the co-main event, Brazilian legend Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza will attempt to move one step closer to a middleweight title opportunity when he takes on Kelvin Gastelum.

Let’s look at the 10 things you should know about UFC 224.

Mackenzie Dern Misses Weight…By a Lot

Highly touted UFC women’s strawweight Mackenzie Dern missed weight on Friday by an eye-popping margin. Dern weighed in 7 pounds overweight for her bout with Amanda Cooper. Missing weight by that much is rare and it usually means a fighter simply stopped trying to make the limit when they knew they would be off the mark.

The fight will go on, but Dern will forfeit 30 percent of her purse as a penalty.

Weigh-In Results

  • Amanda Nunes (135) vs. Raquel Pennington (135)
  • Ronaldo Souza (186) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (185)
  • Mackenzie Dern (123)* vs. Amanda Cooper (116)
  • John Lineker (136) vs. Brian Kelleher (136)
  • Vitor Belfort (184) vs. Lyoto Machida (186)
  • Cezar Ferreira (186) vs. Karl Roberson (185)
  • Alexey Oleynik (235) vs. Junior Albini (266)
  • Davi Ramos (156) vs. Nick Hein (156)
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (171) vs. Sean Strickland (170)
  • Warlley Alves (171) vs. Sultan Aliev (171)
  • Thales Leites (186) vs. Jack Hermansson (186)
  • Alberto Mina (171) vs. Ramazan Emeev (171)
  • Markus Perez (186) vs. James Bochnovic (186)

*Dern missed weight

How To Watch

  • Date: Saturday, May 12
  • Time And TV: UFC Fight Pass Prelims – 6:15 pm ET, FX Prelims – 8 pm ET, Main Card – 10 pm ET
  • Stream: Fight Pass is stream only, FX Prelims can be streamed on Fox Sports GO and PPV can be streamed on a variety of platforms such as Xbox, PS4, Roku and on UFC.com.

Card, Odds, and Predictions

Matchup Weight Class Odds Predictions
Markus Perez ($9200) vs. James Bochnovic ($7000) Middleweight Perez -285, Bochnovic +225 Perez by TKO
Alberto Mina ($7500) vs. Ramazan Emeev ($8700) Welterweight Emeev -200, Mina +160 Mina by TKO
Thales Leites ($7900) vs. Jack Hermansson ($8300) Middleweight Hermansson -155, Leites +125 Leites by TKO
Warlley Alves ($8800) vs. Sultan Aliev ($7400) Welterweight Alves -230, Aliev +180 Alves by SUB
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos ($8100) vs. Sean Strickland ($8100) Welterweight Dos Santos -135, Strickland +105 Dos Santos by TKO
Davi Ramos ($8500) vs. Nick Hein ($7700) Lightweight Ramos -140, Hein +110 Ramos by SUB
Aleksei Oleinik ($8000) vs. Junior Albini ($8200) Heavyweight Albini -155, Oleinik +125 Albini by UD
Cezar Ferreira ($7600) vs. Karl Roberson ($8600) Middleweight Roberson -130, Ferreira EVEN Roberson by TKO
Vitor Belfort ($7300) vs. Lyoto Machida ($8900) Middleweight Machida -270, Belfort +210 Machida by TKO
John Lineker ($9000) vs. Brian Kelleher ($7200) Men’s Bantamweight Lineker -250, Kelleher +195 Kelleher by UD
Mackenzie Dern ($9100) vs. Amanda Cooper ($7100) Women’s Strawweight Dern -250, Cooper +195 Dern by SUB
Ronaldo Souza ($8400) vs. Kelvin Gastelum ($7800) Middleweight Souza -150, Gastelum +120 Souza by SUB
Amanda Nunes ($9500) vs. Raquel Pennington ($6700) Women’s Bantamweight Nunes -1000, Pennington +600 Nunes by TKO

This is the second UFC event in Brazil this year, the 33rd all-time and the seventh held in the Jeunesse Arena (formerly known as the HSBC Arena). The last UFC event held at this venue was UFC 212 in June 2017. Brian Kelleher and Vitor Belfort are the only two fighters appearing on this card who also fought at UFC 212.

The Belfort-Machida bout is another one of the card’s big attractions. The two Brazilian legends have never faced each other and this could be the former’s final fight. In an unrelated story, but relevant to the promotion’s visit to Brazil, a number of UFC employees and MMA managers were robbed at gunpoint on Thursday.

There were no injuries reported but the victims lost personal items, credit cards, wallets, etc.