March 20, 2010
The UFC is calling its debut card on Versus, "the best event in free television history." That's an argument for after the card. One thing for sure, there's a lot at stake in several fights and you could feel the energy during the weigh-in at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Co.
The normally reserved Jon Jones was fired up, got in Brandon Vera's face and forced UFC president Dana White to play the role of security guard (1:33 mark). Jones was so fired up as he leered at Vera that he could barely put a sentence together with UFC analyst Joe Rogan. A Jones win and he vaults himself into the top six or seven at light heavyweight. A victory by Vera moves him right back into the mix for a shot at the title.
The same goes at heavyweight where the red hot Junior Dos Santos tries to keep his pain train rolling against Gabriel Gonzaga. Gonzaga (pictured with a mean stare in the middle) was the bigger fighter at 255 while Dos Santos looked trim at 238.
The oddest site of the day was James Irvin (pictured on the right). He was a big light heavyweight, now he's trying middleweight. He was 198 pounds on Friday, today he made weight but he looked very thin in his face. We'll have to see if it affects his stamina or power against Alessio Sakara. Speaking of skinny, Paul Buentello (pictured on the left) looked much thinner down at 246 instead of the 255 he fought at durign UFC 107.
UFC on Versus weigh-in (weights courtesy MMA Junkie):
Shannon Gugerty (155) vs. Clay Guida (155)
Eliot Marshall (204) vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (205)
Darren Elkins (155) vs. Duane Ludwig (155)
John Howard (170) vs. Daniel Roberts (169)
Chase Gormley (265) vs. Brendan Schaub (245)
Julio Paulino (170) vs. Mike Pierce (170)
Jason Brilz (205) vs. Eric Schafer (205)
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