The final hump for UFC middleweights Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen to get over arrived in the form of tonight’s UFC 148 weigh-ins where both men made weight for their main event meeting before squaring off for what was as predicted another intense staredown. This past Tuesday, divisional champ Silva forced Sonnen backward after going chest-to-chest and had to be held back by UFC President Dana White in order to ensure things didn’t get out of hand.
Things, however, got physical this time around with Silva delivering a shoulder-bump when the two went toe-to-toe after each hitting their weight-related marks. The move was a tipping point for the 8,000+ in attendance who went from splitting their cheers/boos between the fighters to showering “The Spider” with their disapproval.
Also worth noting, today’s festivities also marked the final appearance of soon-to-be Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz on the scale, as the former light heavyweight champ is set to retire after his co-headlining clash Forrest Griffin.
Footage from the weigh-ins followed by complete breakdown of weights can be found below:
Rafaello Oliveira (156 lbs) vs. Yoislandy Izquierdo (156 lbs)
Shane Roller (155 lbs) vs. John Alessio (156 lbs)
Constantinos Philppou (186 lbs) vs. Riki Fukuda (185 lbs)
Gleison Tibau (155 lbs) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (155 lbs)
Melvin Guillard (155 lbs) vs. Fabricio Camoes (156 lbs)
Ivan Menjivar (136 lbs) vs. Mike Easton (135 lbs)
Chad Mendes (146 lbs) vs. Cody McKenzie (145 lbs)
Dong Hyun Kim (170 lbs) vs. Demian Maia (170 lbs)
Cung Le (185 lbs) vs. Patrick Cote (185 lbs)
Forrest Griffin (204 lbs) vs. Tito Ortiz (204 lbs)
Anderson Silva (184 lbs) vs. Chael Sonnen (185 lbs)
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC