CHICAGO -- Dana White had to be smiling inside to see Chris Weidman make weight for his UFC on Fox 2 fight. Weidman, called just 11 days ago as a late replacement, had to drop from 217 pounds to make tomorrow's battle against Demian Maia an official middleweight fight.
It just two weeks ago that the promotion had to endure the embarrassment of watching Anthony Johnson missed weight badly at UFC 142.
Weidman was actually called with the offer while sitting at his dinner table. His wife was making some delicious Sloppy Joes. When Weidman committed to the fight, he had to go right to work.
"I just headed to the gym and ate a spoonful of peanut butter, and that was it," a glum Weidman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The former Hofstra wrestler is trying to make a big step up the middleweight ladder with a victory over Maia. We'll find out tomorrow if the severe weight cut will affect him on fight night.
Phil Davis went with the wrestling theme. Rashad Evans, a former Michigan State wrestler, tried to rip on Davis and his college wrestling career. It was a strange approach considering Davis was a four-time All-American and national champ in 2008. Davis, who's done a brilliant job of poking fun at Evans, pulled out his old Nittany Lions' garb for the fight today.
This from wrestling guru Maggie Hendricks:
So that singlet is Penn State's championship singlet, one that only gets broken out if a guy wrestles in the finals. Since Davis wrestled in the NCAA finals twice, he has at least one. Most schools have them, but PSU's is very recognizable because they don't have a ton of singlet options, like other schools. As a fellow Big 10er, Evans would know that. Wearing that one, and not Penn State's more traditional dark blue singlet, was a sly way of Davis saying, "Yes, I am the better wrestler."
A weigh-in wouldn't be complete with a dust up or some heat arising. Michael Bisping took care of that by angrily reacting to the booing crowd at the Chicago Theater. The Brit flipped off the fans.
UFC on Fox 2 weigh-in (Courtesy MMAjunkie):
MAIN CARD (FOX)
- Phil Davis (205) vs. Rashad Evans (205)
- Michael Bisping (185) vs. Chael Sonnen (185)
- Demian Maia (186) vs. Chris Weidman (185)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FUEL TV)
- Evan Dunham (155) vs. Nik Lentz (155)
- John-Olav Einemo (253) vs. Mike Russow (251)
- George Roop (145) vs. Cub Swanson (145)
- Charles Oliveira (144) vs. Eric Wisely (145)
- Michael Johnson (156) vs. Shane Roller (156)
- Joey Beltran (228) vs. Lavar Johnson (252)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
- Chris Camozzi (185) vs. Dustin Jacoby (185)