While NFL fans are bundled up like Ralphie’s brother from “A Christmas Story” due to the wintry weather in Dallas, the Mixed Martial Arts community has descended upon the slightly warmer Las Vegas for an event on par with the big game. UFC 126 will emanate from the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday night and feature not only a headlining bout between middleweight champ Anderson Silva and dynamic striker Vitor Belfort, in addition to a pair of light heavyweight contests involving four of the division’s top names with former champions Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin fighting each other as well as blue-chippers Jon Jones and Ryan Bader mixing it up in the Octagon.
Also set for the show are the promotional debuts of, among others, stand-outs Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, Miguel Torres, Chad Mendes, and Donald Cerrone.
All twenty-two men fighting on tomorrow’s card stepped on the scale today and hit their marks with the exception of preliminary competitor Mike Pierce who was over by a single pound and has been given two hours to drop the excess weight.
Headliners Silva and Belfort both clocked in at 185 pounds and took part in a heated exchange peppered with Portuguese trash-talk after “The Spider” put on a some sort of basic white mask during the initial staredown.
Similar theatrics were absent between Griffin and Franklin who both entered to massive approval from those in attendance. The original Ultimate Fighter champ came in at 205, two pounds heaver than “Ace” who was 203. Fellow light heavyweights Jones and Bader also came in with a slight differential in weight as “Bones” weighed 206 lbs. with Bader measuring at 205.
Read below for a rundown of live UFC 126 weigh-in results:
Mike Pierce (172 lbs)* vs. Kenny Robertson (170 lbs)
Kyle Kingsbury (205 lbs) vs. Ricardo Romero (205 lbs)
Paul Taylor (156 lbs) vs. Gabe Ruediger (155 lbs)
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (135 lbs) vs. Demetrious Johnson (136 lbs)
Chad Mendes (146 lbs) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (146 lbs)
Donald Cerrone (155 lbs) vs. Paul Kelly (155 lbs)
Miguel Torres (136 lbs) vs. Antonio Banuelos (136 lbs)
Jake Ellenberger (171 lbs) vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha (170 lbs)
Ryan Bader (205 lbs) vs. Jon Jones (206 lbs)
Forrest Griffin (205 lbs) vs. Rich Franklin (203 lbs)
Anderson Silva (185 lbs) vs. Vitor Belfort (185 lbs)
* – Pierce was over the limit by a pound and has two hours to cut the weight.
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC