The UFC's weigh-in for Ultimate Fight Night 21 was slightly bizarre. Instead of stripping down to nothing, many fighters were looking to accessorize on the scale in search of an extra pound or two. Sure no one could be more than one pound over their weight limit, but with North Carolina's double weigh-in policy in place, that extra pound was significant. The fighters weighed in today 4 p.m. ET and will be weighed again tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. to ensure they haven't gained more than 13 pounds overnight.
Jorge Rivera chose to leave on his jogging pants and weighed in for his middleweight fight at 186. Gleison Tibau was going to leave all of his clothes before he was instructed to remove most of them and still tipped the scales at 156. Nik Lentz went as far as arguing with the state official that he weighed 155 not 154. After consulting with UFC officials, his announced weight was 155.
North Carolina's weigh-in policy is odd. Massachusetts has floated a similar idea requiring fighters to gain no more than 1.0625 percent of their weight by the next morning. North Carolina says all fighters, in all weight classes have to stay within the same 13-pound limit. It seems a bit unfair to middleweights who can regain a max of 6.9 percent of their weight as opposed to lightweights at 8.3 percent. That also means if Roy Nelson wants pizza tonight he better take it easy. He can only gain 4.9 percent.
SPIKE televised main card (Courtesy MMA Junkie):
Kenny Florian (156) vs. Takanori Gomi (155)
Roy Nelson (263) vs. Stefan Struve (248)
Nate Quarry (186) vs. Jorge Rivera (186)
Ross Pearson (156) vs. Dennis Siver (156)
Rafaello Oliveira (156) vs. Andre Winner (156)
Ronys Torres (155) vs. Jacob Volkmann (155)
Rob Emerson (154) vs. Nik Lentz (155)
Gleison Tibau (156) vs. Caol Uno (156)
Lucio Linhares (184) vs. Yushin Okami (184)
Gerald Harris (186) vs. Mario Miranda (186)
Charlie Brenneman (170) vs. Jason High (170)
- North Carolina
- Gleison Tibau
- Jorge Rivera
- Nik Lentz