The official weigh-in event for UFC 103: "Franklin vs. Belfort" took place today (Sept. 18) from the Dallas Convention Center Arena in Dallas, Texas.
And either the scales were way off or everything really is bigger in Texas. That's because it took main event participant, Vitor Belfort, four attempts to make weight (196 pounds) for his catchweight fight (195 pounds) against Rich Franklin.
Perhaps that eventual (and permanent) move to middleweight (185 pounds) may not be that easy for "The Phenom" in the future.
In addition to Belfort, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 winner, Efrain Escudero, was barely able to shed a half-pound to hit the lightweight limit (156 pounds) during his numerous attempts.
And former number one lightweight contender, Hermes Franca, didn't even try to shed the extra four pounds he smuggled into the "Lone Star State," agreeing to fight Tyson Griffin at 159 pounds.
Franca will now likely have to surrender a percentage of his purse to Tyson Griffin because he missed the mark.
Here are the complete UFC 103 weigh in results and LIVE stream:
195 lbs.: Rich "Ace" Franklin (195) vs. Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort (196*)
Main card (Televised on PPV):
265 lbs.: Junior "Cigano" Dos Santos (236) vs. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (226)
170 lbs.: Martin "Hitman" Kampmann (169.5) vs. Paul "Semtex" Daley (170)
170 lbs.: Josh "Kos" Koscheck (170) vs. Frank "Twinkle Toes" Trigg (170.25)
155 lbs.: Hermes Franca (159**) vs. Tyson Griffin (155.5)
Under card (Partially televised on Spike TV):
155 lbs.: Efrain "Hecho en Mexico" Escudero (156***) vs. Cole "Magrino" Miller (155)
155 lbs.: Jim Miller (154.5) vs. Steve Lopez (154.5)
155 lbs.: Rafaello "Tractor" Oliveira (155.25) vs. Nick "The Carnie" Lentz (155)
170 lbs.: Brian Foster (170.75) vs. Rick Story (170)
185 lbs.: Tomasz "The Gorilla" Drwal (185) vs. Drew "The Massacre" McFedries (185.25)
205 lbs.: Eliot "The Fire" Marshall (204.75) vs. Jason Brilz (205.25)
205 lbs.: Vladimir "The Janitor" Matyushenko (205) vs. Igor Pokrajac (203)
155 lbs.: Rafael dos Anjos (155.5) vs. Rob "The Saint" Emerson (155.5)
Note: Fighters are allowed to weigh one pound more than the division limit in non-title fights.
*Belfort needed two hours to drop a quarter-pound.
**Franca and Griffin agreed to fight at a catch weight of 159 lbs.
***Escudero needed two hours to drop a half-pound.
Remember that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action on fight night (Saturday, Sept. 19), which is slated to air at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view from the American Airlines Center. The latest quick updates of the live action will begin to flow earlier than that around 8 p.m. ET with Spike TV telecast of the prelim bouts.
It’s going to be a fun night of fights so don’t miss it. And remember to check us out for all the pre, during and post-fight UFC 103 coverage you can handle.
Here is the LIVE stream of the UFC 103: "Franklin vs. Belfort" weigh in event, courtesy of UFC.com: