It’s almost time. The UFC returns to Boston for UFC Fight Night 81: Dillashaw vs. Cruz on Sunday night and will kick things off with the Fight Night 81 official weigh-ins on Saturday, January 16 at 4:00 p.m. eastern (video above). For those in the Boston area, head over to the Wang Theatre (270 Tremont St, Boston) and watch the weigh-ins in person for free!
Sunday night’s main event features current bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw taking on former UFC and WEC champion Dominick Cruz in a five-round bantamweight championship bout.
The co-main event features a battle of two former champions. Anthony Pettis (18-3-0), former UFC and WEC lightweight champion, will face former Bellator lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez (26-4-0). Pettis is coming off losing his belt to current champion Rafael dos Anjos in March 2015. The former champ has been rehabbing an injury and looks to work his way back to a title. Alvarez is 1-1 under the UFC banner with his only win coming over former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez in June.
The under card features nine more bouts, five on UFC Fight Pass and four on Fox Sports 1. On the main card we will see four bouts, also on FS1. The night gets underway at 6:00 p.m. eastern.
Official Fight Night 81 weigh-in results
Main Card (FOX Sports 1, 10:00 p.m.)
T.J. Dillashaw (135) vs. Dominick Cruz (135)
Anthony Pettis (155.5) vs. Eddie Alvarez (155.5)
Travis Browne (238) vs. Matt Mitrione (249)
Ross Pearson (155) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (155.5)
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1, 8:00 p.m.)
Patrick Côté (171) vs. Ben Saunders (170)
Tim Boetsch (206) vs. Ed Herman (204.5)
Chris Wade (155.5) vs. Mehdi Baghdad (156)
Maximo Blanco (146) vs. Luke Sanders (145.5)
Early Prelim Card (UFC Fight Pass, 6:00 p.m.)
Paul Felder (155.5) vs. Daron Cruickshank (155)
Ilir Latifi (205) vs. Sean O’Connell (205.5)
Charles Rosa (145.5) vs. Kyle Bochniak (145)
Rob Font (135) vs. Joey Gomez (135)
Francimar Barroso (205) vs. Elvis Mutapcic (201)
UFC Fight Night 81 fighters and bout order subject to change.