M-1 Global recently held the official weigh in event for its latest Showtime production at The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center in Orange County, California.
All 10 fighters who weighed in on Thursday at Hooters in Costa Mesa successfully hit their marks and are cleared for tonight's (July 8, 2011) five-fight telecast, which will air LIVE on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET (delayed on the West Coast).
The main event will feature a rematch between the 2010 M-1 Selection Americas tournament heavyweight finalists Pat Bennett and Kenny ‘Deuce' Garner in an intriguing rematch. Garner won the first bout in September of 2010 via first round technical knockout in what Pennett described as "a lucky blow."
In a featured bout, 2010 M-1 Selection Americas middleweight tournament winner Tyson "The Anti-Hero" Jeffries will face feared Russian striker Arthur Guseinov. As a marquee middleweight bout, the clash sets the stage for Jeffries to battle back into title contention after suffering a crushing defeat against the division's newly crowned M-1 Challenge middleweight champ Magomed Sultanakhmedov
All five main card weigh in results are posted below, as well a few select quotes from the main event fighters:
265 lbs.: Pat Bennett (240)vs. Kenny Garner (256.6)
185 lbs.: Arthur Guseinov (183.4) vs. Tyson Jeffries (184.8)
Pat Bennett: Deep down, I think he knows I'm a much better fighter than I showedin our last fight. Every heavyweight has knockout power - that's justa fact of being a heavyweight. It doesn't matter who you're fighting, you just have to keep your hands up.
Kenny Garner: I got bigger, stronger and faster since we fought. If he's looking at our last fight then he's in trouble because I've gotten a lot better since then.
Remember that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action on fight night (Sunday, July 8), which is slated to air at 11 p.m. ET on Showtime.