The field of 18 fighters for Strikeforce: "Shamrock vs. Cung Le" all tipped the scales earlier today at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, for the Showtime broadcast that is set to go off tomorrow evening at 9 p.m. ET.
Though not everything went according to plan.
For starters, Strikeforce pillar and middleweight champion Frank Shamrock came in at 186 lbs. Since his fight with Cung Le is for the 185 lb title, no one-pound allowance is permitted.
Frank stripped and did some funky breathing but still came in at 185.25. He disappeared for roughly twenty minutes and returned to the scales at an even 185.
The Strikeforce brass did not seem amused.
Neither did Luke Stewart, who was forced to pose solo after Tiki Ghosn went missing in action and no-showed the weigh-ins.
Rounding out the fun was a lethargic and rather blase Drew Fickett, who not only came in two pounds overweight, but looked extremely apathetic towards the entire event.
In fairness to him and other Strikeforce competitors, it has been a bit chaotic these past few weeks with all of the changes to the scheduled fight card.
Here are the official results:
185 lbs.: Frank Shamrock (185) vs. Cung Le (183)
155 lbs.: Gilbert Melendez (154.5) vs. Gabe Lemley (153)
185 lbs.: Ryan Jensen (186) vs. Joey Villasenor (185)
172 lbs.: Drew Fickett (171)* vs. Jae Suk Lim (170)
170 lbs.: Luke Stewart (171) vs. Tiki Ghosn (171)*
162 lbs.: Marlon Sims (162.5) vs. Billy Evangelista (160.5)
265 lbs.: Mike Kyle (225) vs. Wayne Cole (209)
175 lbs.: Jesse Jones (173.5) vs. Jesse Gillespie (180)
136 lbs: Darren Uyenoyama (136) vs. Anthony Figueroa (133)
*Drew Fickett was able to make weight in the allotted time and Tiki Ghosn was finally tracked down for his weigh-in.
Reminder: The televised portion of the Showtime broadcast begins Saturday, March 29, at 9 p.m. ET. We will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of the main card action at this time when the event begins to air from the HP Pavilion in San Jose.
Quick results of the Strikeforce event, however, will begin to flow earlier than that here at MMAmania.com at about 7:00 p.m. ET with the preliminary fights.
Feel free to hit us up before, during and after the show for some good discussion and coverage — it should be an interesting night of mixed martial arts (MMA) action.
See you all tomorrow at (and on) Showtime.