The UFC is less than 24 hours away from making its official return to one of MMA’s birthplaces after more than a decade away. However, before the fighters can face off inside the Octagon at UFC 144 they’ll have to battle the bulge as it were, attempting to make weight despite the travel and time/cultural differences.
UFC 144 is headlined by a lightweight title-fight between champion Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson with six other scraps set for the PPV portion of the card including Yoshihiro Akiyama-Jake Shields, Tim Boetsch-Yushin Okami, Anthony Pettis-Joe Lauzon, and Ryan Bader-Quinton Jackson. The main card starts at 10:00 PM EST with prelims on Facebook/FX leading up to the broadcast.
The lone fighter that did not make weight was Jackson, who came in at 211 pounds for his light heavyweight match with Bader in the co-main event. “Rampage” had mentioned on his Twitter account earlier in the day he was having trouble with the weight cut and was still six pounds over with four hours to go.
“I’m sorry 2 my fans, the UFC and my opponent,” Jackson posted. “Thanks 2 Ryan 4 taking the fight. Sorry 4 not making weight.”
Here’s a full rundown of weigh-in results:
Tiequan Zhang (146 lbs) vs. Issei Tamura (145 lbs)
Takeya Mizugaki (135 lbs) vs. Chris Cariaso (136 lbs)
Riki Fukuda (185 lbs) vs. Steve Cantwell (185 lbs)
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (136 lbs) vs. Vaughan Lee (135 lbs)
Takanori Gomi (155 lbs) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (154 lbs)
Anthony Pettis (155 lbs) vs. Joe Lauzon (156 lbs)
Hatsu Hioki (145 lbs) vs. Bart Palaszewski (146 lbs)
Yushin Okami (185 lbs) vs. Tim Boetsch (185 lbs)
Mark Hunt (254 lbs) vs. Cheick Kongo (229 lbs)
Yoshihiro Akiyama (169 lbs) vs. Jake Shields (170 lbs)
Quinton Jackson (211 lbs) vs. Ryan Bader (205 lbs)
Frankie Edgar (154 lbs) vs. Benson Henderson (154 lbs)