UFC color commentator Joe Rogan perhaps summed it up best when he said, "What is it about Memphis? Is there heavy air here?"
Heavy air indeed, as five fighters had to strip to nothing but their birthday suits in order to make weight. By the time the third fighter "took to the pole" so-to-speak, the Memphis crowd had seen enough, chanting, "Fix the scales!"
First, welterweight fighter Edgar Garcia weighed in at 173 lbs (he's since made weight) and left the scale looking confused. His opponent, TUF 9 veteran DaMarques Johnson, stripped bare to shed the half pound preventing him from making weight.
Both Ricardo Funch and Johnny Hendricks followed suit, prompting Rogan to say, "Half a pound of underwear, ladies and gentlemen. Might want to clean those bad boys."
The Main Card fighters saw fewer problems making weight than did their undercard counterparts. That is until the Main Event, when lightweight challenger Diego Sanchez missed weight for his long-awaited title bout against champion B.J. Penn by one pound (he's since shed a pound and a half without much fanfare).
In the Co-Main Event, former heavyweight champion Frank Mir (looking bigger than ever) was ready for his staredown against the Wolfslair's Cheick Kongo ... only Kongo refused to face him. Instead the Frenchman turned his back completely on Mir, who pointed at his opponent, smiled and made a choking motion with his hands.
Is that a sign of things to come?
Diego Sanchez perhaps summed it up best at the conclusion of the weigh-in event by stating the obvious (er ... kind of). When asked by Rogan about how he's feeling heading into the biggest fight of his career, the TUF 1 champion said, "Two words ... one word: Destiny."
"Penn vs. Sanchez" will feature a main event between lightweight division champion, BJ "The Prodigy" Penn, defending his title against number one division contender, Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez, filling in the hole left by "Sugar" Rashad Evans and Quinton Jackson after "Rampage" went Hollywood.
In the co-featured fight of the night, former two-time heavyweight champion Frank Mir will "begin his quest for a third title" when he takes on the hard-hitting Cheick Kongo. In addition, a lightweight showdown between former number one contender Kenny "KenFlo" Florian and Clay "The Carpenter" Guida is also on tap.
Here’s are the complete UFC 107 weigh in results:
UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn (155) vs. Diego Sanchez (156)*
Main card (Televised):
265 lbs.: Frank Mir (264.5) vs. Cheick Kongo (239)
155 lbs.: Kenny Florian (156) vs. Clay Guida (156)
170 lbs.: Jon Fitch (171) vs. Mike Pierce (171)
265 lbs.: Paul Buentello (255) vs. Stefan Struve (247)
Under card (May not be broadcast):
195 lbs.: Wilson Gouveia (193) vs. Alan Belcher (195)**
155 lbs.: Matt Wiman (156) vs. Shane Nelson (156.5)***
170 lbs.: Ricardo Funch (171) vs. Johny Hendricks (171)
185 lbs.: Rousimar Palhares (186) vs. Lucio Linhares (185)
170 lbs.: DaMarques Johnson (171) vs. Edgar Garcia (173)****
170 lbs.: Kevin Burns (171) vs. TJ Grant (171)
*Sanchez initially weighed in at 156, but made weight (154.5) on his second attempt.
**Belcher and Gouveia have agreed to fight at a catchweight of 195 lbs.
***Nelson made weight on his second attempt.
****Garcia made weight after the official ceremonies.
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