If anyone had any doubts as to whether the friendship between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Durinho could generate a lukewarm confrontation, the one faced by the two fighters at the weigh-in for UFC 258 this Friday in Las Vegas, ended this fear. The ex-teammates had an intense stare, which continued even after Ultimate President Dana White dismissed them from “eye to eye”.
Check out the stare between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Durinho at UFC 258 weigh-in
This Saturday, the Combat broadcasts UFC 258 live and exclusively from 8:15 pm (Brasília time). THE SporTV 3 it’s the Combate.com show “Warm Up Combat” and the first two matches live; the website tracks the event in real time.
The stare between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Durinho at UFC 258 weigh-in – Photo: Jeff Bottari / Zuffa LLC / Getty Images
After the two fighters had some problems during the weigh-in window with the special masks provided by the UFC sponsor (see the video below), they took the stage to face them both wearing the pieces. Durinho, who challenges Usman for the welterweight belt, took off his mask to face the Nigerian and showed a lot of energy in his eyes. The champion did not back down. After finally getting tired of looking at each other, the two friends didn’t even greet each other before leaving the stage.
Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Durinho wrap up with masks at UFC 258 weigh-in
Champion Kamaru Usman was soon the sixth fighter to weigh in. However, he gave a little fright when weighing himself with a more elaborate mask to satisfy the UFC sponsor, and the prop ended up leaving him 0.5 pounds (about 227g) above the limit value of the welterweight. He took off his mask, climbed back on the scale and reached the contracted 77.1 kg.
Kamaru Usman poses on the scale at UFC 258 weigh-in – Photo: Jeff Bottari / Zuffa LLC
Durinho came up with about 30 minutes of window and was smarter: he got on the scale with the already traditional bandana stamped with the Brazilian flag on his head and with a cloth mask from UFC. He hit 77.1kg and only then put on the sponsor’s mask. Or at least tried: the Brazilian wrapped himself with the many handles of the prop and, after a few attempts, ended up giving up wearing the mask and posed with it hanging around his neck.
Gilbert Durinho laughs after “losing” to the mask at UFC 258 weigh-in – Photo: Jeff Bottari / Zuffa LLC
Two Brazilians were among the fighters who climbed the scales in the first 20 minutes of the window: Polyana Viana, who hit 52.6kg, in the flyweight tolerance limit, for the fight against Mallory Martin, and Dhiego Lima, who also stayed in the limit for fights that are not worth a belt in your category, welterweight, with 77.6 kg. Both Martin (52.4 kg) and Dhiego’s opponent, Belal Muhammad (76.9 kg), were lighter than their Brazilian opponents.
Rodolfo Vieira was the last Brazilian to weigh himself. He appeared with about 40 minutes of weight and scored 84.4 kg, within the tolerance limit of the middleweight. His opponent, Anthony Hernandez, reached the same weight. Another middleweight, Julian Marquez, drew attention when he left the scales: he lifted two packages from the official UFC game and shouted that he would raffle the game among his Instagram followers.
Julian Marquez displays the covers of the games he will be raffling off after UFC 258 – Photo: Jeff Bottari / Zuffa LLC
Bobby Green was the last fighter to weigh himself, in the final stretch of the weigh-in, and hit 70.8kg, within the tolerance limit for light weight fights without the title at stake. However, he and Jim Miller did not take the stage for the stare; according to Dana White, Green passed out backstage after weighing himself. He did not confirm whether the fight was still on the card or had been canceled.
Check the weights of all athletes:
* Welterweight (up to 77.1kg): Kamaru Usman (77.1kg) x Gilbert Durinho (77.1kg)
Flyweight (up to 57.2kg): Maycee Barber (57.2kg) x Alexa Grasso (56.9kg)
Middleweight (up to 84.4kg): Kelvin Gastelum (84.4kg) vs. Ian Heinisch (84.1kg)
Lightweight (up to 70.8kg): Jim Miller (70.5kg) x Bobby Green (70.8kg)
Middleweight (up to 84.4kg): Maki Pitolo (83.9kg) vs. Julian Marquez (83.9kg)
Middleweight (up to 84.4kg): Rodolfo Vieira (84.4kg) vs Anthony Hernandez (84.4kg)
Middleweight (up to 77.6kg): Belal Muhammad (76.9kg) vs Dhiego Lima (77.6kg)
Strawweight (up to 52.6kg): Polyana Viana (52.6kg) x Mallory Martin (52.4kg)
Married weight (up to 63.5kg): Andre Ewell (62.8kg) vs. Chris Gutierrez (63.5kg)
Featherweight (up to 66.2kg): Ricky Simón (66kg) x Brian Kelleher (66kg)
Welterweight (up to 77.6kg): Gabriel Green (76.9kg) vs. Phil Rowe (77.6kg)
Flyweight (up to 57.2kg): Gillian Robertson (56.9kg) vs. Miranda Maverick (56.9kg)
* As it is a belt dispute, neither fighter was entitled to a pound (0.454 kg) of tolerance. All other athletes in the event had tolerance in their weights.
UFC 258: Brasileirão Squad in the dispute for the belt! – Photo: Combat