Before Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez share the Octagon for the second time at UFC 155 just hours from now at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the two heavyweight championship competitors were forced to endure one final formality:
For mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, the weigh-ins are the last time they will see stand face-to-face (see the staredown pic here) with their opponent before sharing the Octagon. Some fighters are casual when stepping on the scale, others use the moment as one final opportunity to try and intimidate their opponent.
Just moments after successfully making weight, dos Santos and Velasquez appeared on the FUEL TV weigh-in show to share some finals thoughts on their heavyweight championship rematch with correspondent Ariel Helwani less than 24-hours away from UFC 155.
First, the champion talked about being booed by some fans at weigh-ins, the threat Velasquez poses because of his wrestling ability and what results he expects to come out of the fight.
On being surprised by boos at the weigh-ins:
"A little bit. We have a lot of Mexicans here, but I know we have a lot of Brazilians here too, and we'll have half and half."
On Velasquez putting his fist in his face at the weigh-in:
"I think he'd like to show me he's very well prepared. That's what I do and not what he does."
On Velasquez's wrestling abilities:
"He'll try to take me down right away and I'm very well prepared and have good take down defense and I'll knock him out right away."
On what he has to prove with this fight:
"I have nothing to prove. I have to prove for myself how hard I worked to be the champion. I'm very well prepared. For sure I'm going to get the victory."
On how the fight will finish:
"One more knockout. It's going to be like Cain likes to go to the ground and the fight will end there. If he gives me the chance, it'll be quicker than last time."
The challenger also spoke with Helwani on the FUEL TV weigh-in broadcast, sharing his thoughts on the weigh-in stare down with dos Santos, his physical condition coming into the fight and how he envisions the fight panning out on tonight in "Sin City."
On why he got in Dos Santos' face during weigh-ins:
"To let him know I am coming after him. If someone puts a fist in my face, I am going to do it right back to him. That is my mentality."
On his training camp experience and being in top shape for this fight:
"I think it's experience - knowing that going into training camp and having a hard week, you know your body is breaking down, so instead of pushing forward, take a few steps back and relax. Then the next day you come in, you feel refreshed and you perform better, rather than breaking your body down. That is the one thing I learned."
On how the fight will finish:
"I have envisioned it so many different ways - a knockout, TKO, submission, a five-round grueling fight - but every time with my hand raised."
Two more hours until pay-per-view (PPV) showtime, Maniacs!
Remember that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action on fight night (Sat., Dec. 29, 2012), which is slated to air at 10 p.m. ET on PPV. The latest quick updates of the live action will begin to flow earlier than that around 6:30 p.m. ET with the "Prelims" bouts on Facebook and FX Channel.