Before Demetrious Johnson and John Moraga share the Octagon at UFC on FOX 8 just hours from now at KeyArena in Seattle, Wash., the flyweight title 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 colliding inside the cage. 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, Johnson and Moraga appeared on the FUEL TV weigh-in show to share some finals thoughts on their bout with Jon Anik, Chael Sonnen, Brian Stann and Ariel Helwani less than 24-hours away from UFC on FOX 8.
First, the current UFC flyweight champion "Mighty Mouse" talked to the panel of Anik, Sonnen and Stann about his advantages going into the fight, Moraga's strengths and who he feels is the superior striker between the two.
On His Advantages
"I've fought the best of the best so far. I've fought John Dodson, Dominick Cruz, Joseph Benavidez, I mean, my last fights since 2011 have been against the top-five fighters in the world and they've been long battles so that's underneath my belt."
On Moraga's Best Skill
"He's tall for the weight class and he also poses - he's lengthy so he's able to get that d'arce and that guillotine choke. You saw him do it against Chris Cariaso and I'm prepared for everything."
On Who Is The Better Striker
"I think I stand up good. I think I stand up pretty good. You know I have my speed, I can mix it up, I can mix in my wrestling with the clinch and the striking, so I can fight anywhere and I've shown it in my other fights."
The challenger "Chicano" spoke with Helwani on the FUEL TV weigh-in broadcast as well, sharing his thoughts on how Johnson being predictable will play into his hands and going from competing on Facebook in his last fight to the main event on FOX.
On Johnson's Predictability
"I don't know if I've said that he's predictable, but he does the same thing in the sense that he uses a lot of footwork to not really keep the exchanges active. So I expect him to do that, he gets people to - he feints a lot and gets people to see what their reaction is and see how they react and what they bite on. I expect him to come out like that but the difference is he's not going to be facing a fighter that will be bullied by all that stuff. I'm going to take it to him off the bat."
On The Jump From Fighting On Facebook To A FOX Main Event
"Well you know what? He's never walked down my block. So that's how I feel. He ain't been through that I've been through, so it's nothing to me. In the cage like I said, man, I'm in the zone and it's just me and him in there. There ain't nothing else about that, it's just me and him."
Just a few more hours until showtime, Maniacs!
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