Posted on: January 29, 2010 9:23 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2010 9:27 pm

Notes from Strikeforce: Miami weigh-ins

Nothing of major note coming out of the Strikeforce weigh-ins on Friday night. Everybody made weight, so all fights are on as scheduled.

Some notes:

-- Cris Cyborg and Marloes Coenen had a long staredown, which was prolonged because neither would flinch but nobody on the stage was stepping in to separate them. Coenen stood with her arms behind her back, not even raising a fist. (Cyborg now has black hair, too, if that matters to anyone.)

-- Wes Sims was in rare form, doing Hulk Hogan poses from the scale and clowning before and after the faceoff with Bobby Lashley . When Sims walked onto the stage, he handed Showtime announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr . a red, glowing object and claimed to have found it. He asked Lennon to announce that he had it, and that Sims was giving it back because "honesty is the best policy" (which he yelled multiple times before leaving the stage).

-- Lashley looked like he had swallowed Brock Lesnar . Seriously, the man is of superhero-like musculature. He tipped the scaled at a little over 250 pounds of what looked to be solid muscle.

-- Herschel Walker looked to be really enjoying the whole pre-fight experience, greeting everyone with a warm smile and handshake. Even though they'll be fighting at heavyweight, both Walker and opponent Greg Nagy weighed in a few pounds north of the light heavyweight limit.

-- Other fighters in attendance included, among others, Matt Hughes , former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown , Yves Edwards and Nate Diaz (accompanying brother Nick , naturally). Brown seemed to be a particularly big hit with the fans in attendance, posing for numerous photos.

-- No significant NFL presence yet, which was probably for the best considering the crowded nature of the room where the weigh-ins were held. As noted earlier, this show is happening at a time when a ton of big shots (of both the NFL variety and other celebrity types) are in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area for the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl. It's rumored that some of them may show up to support Herschel Walker, or to just kick back and enjoy some fights before the game on Sunday.

Back tomorrow with a complete round-by-round live blog of the entire show (even the undercard). See you then.

Posted on: January 29, 2010 12:46 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2010 9:15 pm

Live Strikeforce coverage from Sunrise, Fla.

This weekend, I'll have full coverage of the Strikeforce: Miami show at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.

I will be at the weigh-ins later tonight to report on the various happenings, including any special guests that may drop in on the proceedings (remember, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale is crawling with big shots this week, due to the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIV happening at Sun Life Stadium).

On Saturday, I will live-blog the entire show (including the untelevised preliminaries), round by round. Check back often for the latest updates.

The mainstream hook to this show is the pro MMA debut of NFL legend Herschel Walker, who will face Greg Nagy. There is also interest in former WWE powerhouse (and current TNA wrestling performer) Bobby Lashley, who will fight UFC alum Wes Sims. Sims was last seen on Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter.

Lashley has similar attributes to WWE-champ-turned-UFC-mauler Brock Lesnar -- including freakish power and very strong amateur wrestling credentials -- but none of the bad attitude or bravado. It will be interesting to see if Lashley can develop into the next heavyweight MMA star.

The card also features a trio of very intriguing bouts, headlined by the return of the pride of Stockton, Calif., Nick Diaz, who will face Marius "The Whitemare" Zaromskis in the main event to crown a new Strikeforce welterweight champion.

Cris "Cyborg" Santos enters the cage for the first time since demolishing fan favorite Gina Carano last summer, defending her Strikeforce 145-pound women's title against Marloes Coenen.

At middleweight, "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler will attempt to rebound from his submission loss to Jake Shields last June, in a likely slugfest with the dangerous Melvin Manhoef.

The full card for Saturday's event is below.

Main card bouts (televised live on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET):

  • Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis (170-pound bout for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title)
  • Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos vs. Marloes Coenen (145-pound women's title defense)
  • Robbie Lawler vs. Melvin Manhoef (185)
  • Bobby Lashley vs. Wes Sims (265)
  • Greg Nagy vs. Herschel Walker (265)

Undercard bouts:

  • Jay Hieron vs. Joe Riggs (170 -- will stream live on EASports.com)
  • Pablo Alfonso vs. Marcos da Matta
  • Michael Byrnes vs. David Zitnik
  • Sabah Homasi vs. John Kelly
  • David Gomez vs. Craig Oxley
  • Hayder Hassan vs. Ryan Keenan

Check in later for news and notes from the weigh-ins.

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Posted on: June 13, 2009 12:28 pm

Almost fight time...

As we get closer to the start of UFC 99, I want to direct your attention to a new feature we have available, courtesy of the UFC.

If you visit our UFC 99 Head to Head preview , you'll notice a UFC video player in the top right corner. There, you can view the UFC 99 weigh-ins, prefight press conference, along with numerous other UFC 99 related videos. Simply choose the video you want to watch by clicking the icons at the top of the video player, kick back, and enjoy.

Also, for the first time, you will be able to catch live video of the UFC 99 postfight press conference right here on CBSSports.com by visiting the Head to Head page after the event is over.

I'll be back in a little while with the UFC 99 live blog as the action begins in Cologne, Germany.

Posted on: January 16, 2009 4:04 pm

UFC 93 live blog on Saturday

UFC 93 weigh-ins took place earlier today. You can check here for specifics, but every fighter on the card made weight for Saturday.

For those of you planning to order UFC 93 on PPV on Saturday, remember this one's coming from Dublin, Ireland. Which means if you want to watch it live in the United States, you need to order the show at 3 p.m. ET, not the standard 10 p.m. ET UFC start time.

A tape-delay airing of UFC 93 will certainly be available from most PPV providers for those who prefer a Saturday night gathering for UFC events. But if you prefer to watch the fights live, you should clear your schedule on Saturday afternoon.

And if you're planning to order a replay of the event and want to avoid spoilers, here's fair warning: I'll be live-blogging UFC 93 on Saturday, so if you come to CBSSports.com any time after 3 p.m. ET, you'll find results for every single fight, including round-by-round analysis of the main card.

This is one of those shows that could turn out to be really good despite not being terribly important in the grand scheme of things. None of the fights -- not even Henderson vs. Franklin -- look to have an immediate impact on any UFC championship, yet the odds are still very good that we'll see some drama.

Henderson vs. Franklin could be a great fight, as could Lytle vs. Davis. I'm not sure what to think about Coleman vs. Rua for multiple reasons (Coleman's age, possible cage rust for both men, Rua returning from injury, etc.). But every unanswered question is another reason to be interested in a fight, so I guess that's a good thing.

See you on Saturday between 2-3 p.m. ET for our live UFC 93 blog.
Posted on: December 12, 2008 9:50 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2008 9:51 pm

Weigh-in results: The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale

Weigh-ins for The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale took place on Friday, with every fighter making weight except for Wilson Gouveia:

Lightweight Final: Efrain Escudero (156) vs. Phillipe Nover (155)
Light Heavyweight Final: Vinicius Magalhaes (205) vs. Ryan Bader (205)
*Wilson Gouveia (189) vs. Jason MacDonald (184)
Anthony Johnson (171) vs. Kevin Burns (171)
David Kaplan (156) vs. Junie Browning (156)
Shane Primm (202) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (205)
Jules Bruchez (205) vs. Eliot Marshall (203)
George Roop (153) vs. Shane Nelson (156)
Tom Lawlor (204) vs. Kyle Kingsbury (205)
John Polakowski (152) vs. Rolando Delgado (155)

Gouveia failed to make weight for his 185-pound bout with MacDonald. For safety reasons, Gouveia was not permitted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to attempt to cut more weigh on a second attempt. The fight will now take place at a catch weight of 189 pounds and Gouveia will forfeit 20 percent of his purse to MacDonald as a penalty for missing weight.

The televised portion of the TUF 8 Finale begins at 9 p.m. ET Saturday night on Spike TV.
Posted on: November 4, 2008 8:04 pm

Filho misses weight for WEC 36 bout vs. Sonnen

Paulo Filho failed to make weight for his WEC 36 middleweight title defense against Chael Sonnen on Tuesday, and the rematch on Wednesday night is now officially a three-round non-title fight at a catch weight of 189.

Sonnen agreed to the catch weight fight, while Filho will forfeit 25 percent of his fight purse to Sonnen for missing weight.

Filho originally weighed in at 192 pounds. While normal MMA fights observe a one-pound allowance for making weight, competitors involved in a title fight must meet the exact contracted weight. In Filho's case, he was given two hours to cut the extra seven pounds and make the 185-pound limit.

Filho weighed in at 189 on his second attempt, leading to the catch weight and non-title provisions.

Also missing weight for WEC 36 was Rani Yahya, who was to fight Yoshiro Maeda at bantamweight (135-pound limit). That fight is still on, as Maeda agreed to fight Yahya at a catch weight of 137 pounds.

Mike Brown made weight at 145 on his second attempt, initially coming in a half pound over for his title shot at Urijah Faber. All other fighters on the card made weight:

Mike Brown (145) vs Urijah Faber (144.5)
Chael Sonnen (184.5) vs Paulo Filho (189)
Leonard Garcia (145.5) vs Jens Pulver (144)
Nissen Osterneck (184.5) vs Jake Rosholt (185.5)
Donald Cerrone (156) vs Rob McCullough (155.5)
Steve Steinbeiss (202) vs Carmelo Marrero (206)
Rani Yahya (137) vs Yoshiro Maeda (135)
Aaron Simpson (184.5) vs David Avellan (185)
Jonathan Brookins (146) vs Jose Aldo (146)
Rafael Dias (155) vs Danny Castillo (156)

We will provide a live blog from cageside of WEC 36 on Wednesday night, including all undercard bouts. Check this blog on Wednesday for continuous updates on each fight as it happens.
Posted on: October 25, 2008 3:03 pm

UFC 90 live results tonight

Just a heads-up that we'll have a live round-by-round blog of UFC 90 tonight, beginning shortly before 10 p.m. ET. If you can't be in front of a TV to see the show, come on back later for a detailed rundown of the main card fights as they happen.

Everybody made weight yesterday, so all fights are on as scheduled. The only person to miss weight initially was Josh Burkman, who came in at 173 for his welterweight bout with Pete Sell -- who, ironically, was cutting to 170 for the first time, but he made weight on his first try. Burkman used his extra time allowance to cut another two pounds and made weight at 171 on his second attempt. There's a 1-pound allowance for non-title fights, so weighing 171 for a 170-pound fight is considered making weight.

The action kicks off in Chicago in just a few hours. Check this blog later on for UFC 90 live results.

Posted on: February 1, 2008 7:57 pm

UFC 81 weigh-in results & notes

Every fighter on the card for Saturday's UFC 81 made weight on Friday.

Also, a reminder that we'll be live blogging the UFC 81 PPV tomorrow night. Check back around 9:45 p.m. ET for the updates to begin.

The weigh-in results:

Main card:

Tim Sylvia -- 261
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira -- 237


Sylvia actually got cheered by the crowd, and seemed genuinely happy about it when Joe Rogan mentioned it. "I couldn't believe it," he said. "What's going on?"

Rogan created an awkward moment when he started to ask Sylvia about the chance to become the first three-time heavyweight champion in UFC history. Sylvia grinned and shook his head "no." Rogan then looked around confused. "Randy is?"

Frank Mir -- 255
Brock Lesnar -- 265

Mir looked very subdued on his way to the scale. Lesnar and Mir didn't butt heads, but they didn't shake hands either.

Jeremy Horn -- 185
Nate Marquardt -- 185

Ricardo Almeida -- 185
Rob Yundt -- 185

Gleison Tibau -- 156
Tyson Griffin -- 155


Chris Lytle -- 170
Kyle Bradley -- 170

David Heath -- 205
Tim Boetsch -- 205

Marvin Eastman -- 185
Terry Martin -- 186

Eastman butted heads lightly with Martin, who returned the pleasantries with a shove.

Keita Nakamura -- 155
Rob Emerson -- 155
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