December 31, 2010
UFC 125 is less than 24 hours away. After hitting the scales a few hours ago, the fighters are probably enjoying a wild and crazy night at the dinner table. Only the bravest souls will venture down to the Las Vegas strip.
All 22 fighters made weight without an issue. Main eventers, Frank Edgar and Gray Maynard, were men of few words.
The battle for the UFC lightweight title is an intriguing one stylistically, but hasn't generated a lot of heat. Some fans seem down on the fight based on the lack of an explosive storyline.
To whet your whistle, we found four good ones that emerged during today's weigh-in.
Arianny Celeste vs. Brittney Palmer
Above, you see what could be a heated rivalry in 2011. Arianny is the mainstay with the UFC. She had a huge 2010, that included a spread in Playboy. But Palmer, the call up from the WEC, has a lot of fans on Twitter and the Internet. It should be interesting to see how the girls fight it out in 2011. The scrap starts tomorrow night in Las Vegas.
Marcus Davis vs. food
Marcus Davis is making a last ditch effort to around his recent woes. He was torn apart at UFC 118 by Nate Diaz, to make it three losses in his last four fights at 170. The thickly muscled 37-year-old, dropped to lightweight for his fight against Jeremy Stephens. Davis, a former boxer generally walked around at roughly 200 pounds when he fought at welterweight. His battle versus food worked out well. He made the limit 155. You can see the difference in his physique. He shed a lot of bulk to get down with the little guys.
Clay Guida vs. the clock and clothes
Guida cuts weight until the final seconds before he steps on the scale. "The Carpenter" is in constant motion, bouncing around and today, it took forever for him to get through multiple layers of clothing. Smart move though. A little extra time for his sponsors doesn't hurt anybody.
Phil Baroni vs. "Ravishing" Rick Rude
Baroni (13-12, 3-6 UFC) is back with what might be his last shot in the UFC. "The New York Badass" is fighting TUF 11 alum Brad Tavares. He showed up today with the sunglasses, jeans and a leather coat. He should've grabbed the microphone and told all of us fat, UFC sweathogs to be quiet while he took off his gear. Rude would've been proud.
Check out the full weigh-in video here and highlights from Heavy.com below.
UFC 125 weigh-in (courtesy MMAjunkie):
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Frankie Edgar (155) vs. Gray Maynard (155)
Chris Leben (186) vs. Brian Stann (186)
Nate Diaz (170) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (171)
Takanori Gomi (155) vs. Clay Guida (156)
Thiago Silva (206) vs. Brandon Vera (205)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Ion Television)
Marcus Davis (156) vs. Jeremy Stephens (156)
Josh Grispi (146) vs. Dustin Poirier (145)
Phil Baroni (186) vs. Brad Tavares (185)
Mike Brown (146) vs. Diego Nunes (146)
Daniel Roberts (171) vs. Greg Soto (171)
Antonio McKee (156) vs. Jacob Volkmann (156)
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