In Las Vegas, Nevada, Albuquerque’s Carlos Condit and Santa Fe’s Jerome Rivera successfully made weight on Friday for their fights on Saturday’s UFC 264 at T-Mobile Arena.
Condit (31-12) weighed in at 171 pounds for his welterweight fight against Max Griffin (17-8), of Sacramento, California, who weighed in at 170.5 pounds. Rivera (10-5) weighed in at 125.5 pounds for his flyweight fight, the same as his opponent, Kazakhstan’s Zhalgas Zhumagulov (13-5).
Both New Mexico fighters are betting underdogs, Condit at plus-165 (approximately 1½ to 1), Rivera at plus-270 (about 2½ to 1).
Condit’s fight is on the prelim portion of the card, to be telecast on ESPN and streamed on espn+, starting at 6 p.m.
Rivera’s fight is on the early prelim portion, to be streamed on UFC Fight Pass, starting at 4:15 p.m.
Saturday’s main card, headlined by the rubber match between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, will be streamed on espn+ pay-per-view, starting at 8 p.m.
Both New Mexicans told the Journal in phone interviews they’re excited to be part of the card, the first to be staged at T-Mobile with a full crowd since before the sport was temporarily shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m just so fortunate to be able to do this and be in this position,” Rivera said.
Condit, asked who he was picking to win the main event, said, “I’m a big fan of both, but I’m going with Poirier.”