The UFC 146 main card heavyweights at the UFC 146 press conference on Thursday afternoon at the MGM Grand lobby in Las Vegas. Photo by Esther Lin via MMAFighting.com.
This one is going to be big. The biggest of all time, actually.
UFC President Dana White has long been against the idea of gimmick fight cards for his pay-per-view (PPV) events. Tournaments and the like have always turned the fight boss off, but he made an exception in putting together an all heavyweight main card for this Saturday night's (May 26, 2012) Memorial Day weekend extravaganza.
Indeed, UFC 146: "Dos Santos vs. Mir," which features a heavyweight championship showdown pitting Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir, will showcase five heavyweight fights that White claimed would add up to over 2,400 pounds before the official weigh-in event took place today:
"Fans have been going nuts for this all-heavyweight card. You've got 10 of the baddest men on the entire planet all going at it, including Junior dos Santos looking for some revenge against the man who just broke his mentor's arm in Frank Mir. There's going to be over 2400lbs of heavyweight on the main card - something we've never done in the history of the UFC. I'm looking forward to some brutal knockouts and some great submissions on Saturday night."
As it turns out, Dana's prediction was almost spot on. The final tally once all 10 main card fighters weighed in was 2,485 pounds of beef. Antonio Silva was the heaviest, clocking in at 264-pounds while Dave Herman was the lightest at 233-pounds.