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Weigh-ins for UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao took place earlier today from Dublin, Ireland.

In the main event, Conor McGregor returns from a knee injury to face Diego Brandao. The co-main boasts Gunnar Nelson vs. Zak Cummings, while Brad Pickett-Ian McCall and Norman Parke-Naoyuki Kotani round out the main card.

Both McGregor (146 pounds) and Brandao (145.5) weighed in successfully, as just one fighter – Josh Sampo – missed weight. Sampo came in only a half-pound over and will have two hours to cut down.

Action begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass with the prelims, while the main card also streams live online. Complete weigh-in results, and a video replay, can be found below:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/3 p.m. ET)

Conor McGregor (146 lbs.) vs. Diego Brandao (145.5)

Gunnar Nelson (170.5) vs. Zak Cummings (171)

Brad Pickett (126) vs. Ian McCall (126)

Norman Parke (155.5) vs. Naoyuki Kotani (155.5)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/12:30 p.m. ET)

Ilir Latifi (205) vs. Chris Dempsey (204)

Neil Seery (125.5) vs. Phil Harris (126)

Cathal Pendred (186) vs. Mike King (185.5)

Trevor Smith (185.5) vs. Tor Troeng (185)

Cody Donovan (205) vs. Nikita Krylov (205)

Patrick Holohan (125.5) vs. Josh Sampo (126.5)

donald cerrone

Donald Cerrone is known for his dangerous activities outside of the Octagon.

As “Cowboy” prepared for his first UFC main event, he embraced those “side” projects to get himself prepared. It paid off, as Cerrone finished Jim Miller for his third win of 2014.

“Being able to get out there and start fast was something I was having issues with,” said Cerrone, on the FS1 post-fight show. “I did a lot of unconventional training for this fight, like sprinting, playing Ultimate Frisbee, wakeboarding, to get my mind right.”

Cerrone (24-6) has won four straight and five of his las six, including all four victories since a 2013 loss to Rafael dos Anjos ending early. He picked up another “Fight Night” bonus for his efforts Wednesday.

“As far as the finish, I kept going to his body, his body and then faked the body and went high,” Cerrone said. “He started favoring his side and I saw it and thank God it worked. I did a lot of sprints on the track and track work.”

Cerrone has always been about fighting as much as possible, and while he previously called for a bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov, he let it be known anybody – from 155 up to 170 – can step inside the Octagon with him next.

“Anybody, I don’t care,” Cerrone said. “All the UFC has to do is call me and say, ‘Cowboy, we need you here on this date,’ and I’ll say, ‘OK.'”

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ufc 177

A second world title fight has been added to the UFC 177 lineup, as flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson meets Chris Cariaso.

Set for August 30 from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California, the main event boasts T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao for the bantamweight title.

UFC officials were forced to scrap a previous August pay-per-view, and they are loading up the second one now.

Johnson (20-2-1) has successfully defended his title four times since winning it in a tournament final vs. Joseph Benavidez. “Mighty Mouse” is 8-1-1 with the UFC, including two wins over Benavidez and victories vs. John Dodson and John Moraga.

He was expected to meet Dodson in a rematch, but the former Ultimate Fighter winner needs surgery to repair a torn ACL and will be sidelined until 2015.

Cariaso (17-5) has won six of 10 Octagon bouts and was originally booked for a meeting with Kyoji Horiguchi later this year. Cariaso holds wins over Takeya Mizugaki and Vaughan Lee, but was topped while competing at a bigger weight class against Barao and Michael McDonald.

The fight was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

Below is the current lineup:

UFC Bantamweight Championship
T.J. Dillashaw (c) vs. Renan Barao

UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Chris Cariaso

Middleweight: Derek Brunson vs. Lorenz Larkin

Female Bantamweight: Bethe Correia vs. Shayna Baszler

Lightweight: Tony Ferguson vs. Danny Castillo

Heavyweight: Anthony Hamilton vs. Ruan Potts

Lightweight: Ramsey Nijem vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira

Lightweight: Justin Edwards vs. Yancy Medeiros

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Aljamain Sterling will try to keep the momentum going for the Serra-Longo Fight Team this Wednesday evening when he faces Hugo Viana at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Miller.

Sterling (9-0) earned a victory over Cody Gibson in his Octagon debut earlier this year. Now, following a successful title defense by teammate Chris Weidman, and a victory for Eddie Gordon in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter, the 24-year-old sees this as a perfect time for the camp.

“The energy at the gym is at an all-time high,” said Sterling, during a recent interview with FightLine. “What can be better than that for us right now? An exciting title defense and the release of one of our juggernauts that finally got to show his true form during his TUF Finale win. It’s life-changing stuff and being around that only drives you more.”

Sterling, a native of New York, still can’t compete professionally in his home state. So, getting the chance to showcase his skills in nearby Atlantic City serves a dual purpose.

“I’m very excited. Fighting here in New Jersey is my home away from home,” he said. “For me, it’s just another day in the office. It’s sparring – with bad intentions. Being on TV, and getting paid for it. No big deal!”

After going the distance with Gibson in his debut with the UFC, Sterling has visualized many different outcomes to his bout with Viana. And while not all of them have started out well, he’s found a way to change that.

“I dream about every fight so much that it almost haunts me,” Sterling said. “I see the bad, but then I slow them down and figure out ways to change the outcome. I’m big on visualization, and on the law of attraction. I believe I work my (expletive) off and with a little luck, my dreams come to reality.

“Everything in training went as well as it possibly could. Like any sport, training for long periods of time leaves you with bumps and bruises here and there, but that comes with the territory.”

Sterling owns four submission wins to his credit, including three straight rear-naked choke finishes that led to his signing with the UFC. He has worked on breaking down tape of Viana, and sees one deciding factor determining the outcome.

“He seems to have really flexible shoulders, which could help wiggle out when I get back control,” Sterling said. “Besides that, nothing I don’t see in the gym every day. At the end of the day, it’s a fist-fight and in my opinion, I want this more than he does.

“I’ll be there for 15 minutes or less. It’s my time, my moment to shine and I won’t let him take this from me. If you think like an animal, you’ll do savage-like things.”

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