It doesn’t seem like Gina Carano or Cris Cyborg had any trouble making weight for their big main event fight on Saturday night in San Jose. Carano came in with two pounds to spare while Cyborg came in a half pound light.
The CSAC had communicated that those fighting in title fights had to come in right on the dot or under. There wasn’t going to be a one pound allowance and if the fighters failed to meet weight, it would become a non-title fight.
The only one to miss weight was Jesse Taylor, who was a recent addition to the show after Nick Diaz had to pull out because he doesn’t have a license to fight in California. Taylor had two hours to drop one pound.
Gina Carano 143lbs vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos 144.5lbs
Gilbert Melendez 155lbs vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida 155lbs
Renato “Babalu” Sobral 201lbs vs. Gegard Mousasi 204lbs
Jesse Taylor 172lbs vs. Jay Hieron 169lbs
Fabricio Werdum 228lbs vs. Mike Kyle 219lbs
Mike Cook 205lbs vs. Scott Lighty 202lbs
David Douglas 156lbs vs. Justin Wilcox 154lbs
Alex Trevino 156lbs vs. Isaiah Hill 156lbs
James Terry 169lbs vs. Zac Bucia 170lbs
Strikeforce held a press conference earlier today to promote the Gina Carano vs. Cris Cyborg fight, but neither woman was on the call. They’d done their own press conference a few weeks ago in New York, but it was still interesting that they weren’t there.
Along with Scott Coker, Gegard Mousasi, Jay Hieron, and Babalu were on the call. There wasn’t anything too interesting said, though Coker was called out a few times to explain the situation regrading Nick Diaz and his drug test. The CSAC was sending out e-mails concerning the Diaz situation while the call was happening.
The gist of the situation is that Diaz is being replaced in the fight because he didn’t make his appointment for his drug test with the CSAC. Last week, he skipped their meeting and was given the chance to make it today, though it wasn’t certain that the results would be back by Saturday. Jesse Taylor from The Ultimate Fighter fame is his replacement against Jay Hieron.
Coker also said that he thought there would be 10,000-12,000 at the HP Pavilion on Saturday, which is on the average of their last cards. Though, Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le did 15,000 according to Coker.
Gegard Mousasi mentioned wanting to fight at heavyweight as well as get into boxing and Coker said he thought that with his relationship with Strikeforce, they could help Mousasi there. Jay Hieron said in a best case scenario, he’d like 8 weeks notice on who he’s going to fight, but it wasn’t he first time he didn’t know who he was going to fight coming up on the last week.
They also mentioned that Gina Carano was going to be hosting some sort of hype show slash look back at some old fights on Sho2. However, in looking at my DVR, I can’t really tell what it is. It just lists old fights.
UFC is set to make what they considered a HUGE announcement this Friday. The speculation and rumors about Fedor Emelianenko‘s signing and battling with Brock Lesnar are climaxing more and more. Dave Meltzer says they have bigger fish to fry, but what? What could possibly be bigger than that?
Well we’ve learned that UFC has actually picked up 20 contracts from Affliction MMA, as part of an absorbtion deal. We are not sure of who exactly is signed, but I can definitely tell you UFC President Dana White has had interest in bringing back Vitor Belfort as well as a handful of others.
InsideFights.com reports the following:
We have no word on which contracts have been picked up, but they would appear to be lower-tier fighters. Gegard Mousasi and Renato Sobral are scheduled for a bout at the Strikeforce show on Aug. 15, so we can rule them out as potential pickups. Jay Hieron will allegedly face Nick Diaz for the Strikeforce welterweight title (although we’ve heard conflicting reports today on whether or not Hieron has actually signed the deal at this point), so he can be ruled out as well.
P.S. – I will be doing my critically acclaimed Superfriends Podcast tonight at 10PM where we will preview the forthcoming UFC 101: Declaration PPV. You can listen live tonight at 10PM here. Parental Discretion is Advised.
Pound for Pound the best? Perhaps… but take a look at one of GSP’s early battles in the Octagon. He is indeed awaiting your challenge. The other Mario besides Yamasaki (thankfully) refs this classic encounter.