Jessica Andrade has made it to China early. She's currently training at the new UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai. Andre Soukhamthath is there, too. The UFC might have to re-route a few flights away from Hong Kong due to the protests, I'm told. But as of right now UFC Shenzhen doesn't seem like it'll have any setbacks due to the political conflict in the region. About 1.7 million people marched Sunday in Hong Kong to protest an extradition bill. Last week, protestors of alleged police brutality sat in at the Hong Kong airport, which affected many flights. A video surfaced online last week showing Chinese military staging in Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong. This is likely to be a developing situation as the UFC event there grows closer.
A few other interesting weight notes. Daniel Cormier weighed 247 pounds on fight night after weighing in at 236.5 on Friday. Miocic was 233 after being 230.5 on Friday. Sodiq Yusuff weighed 169.2 after weighing in at 145. He was 15.9 percent over the contracted weight class.
Manny Bermudez will be moved up in weight to featherweight by the UFC, sources told ESPN. Bermudez weighed 164.8 pounds on fight night Saturday for a 140-pound catchweight bout at UFC 241, an increase of 17.7 percent. The bout with Casey Kenney was initially scheduled for bantamweight, but the UFC bumped it up to 140 hours before weigh-ins because of the hard weight cut. Kenney, meanwhile, weighed 145 pounds on fight night — and still won by unanimous decision. Bermudez had nearly 20 pounds on him.