(Photo courtesy of UFC.com) The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization returns to Canada tomorrow with a stacked card featuring two world title fights. Minutes ago, the 24 fighters in action of the 12 fight card weighed in at the historic Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto.
Defending UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones scaled 204.6 lbs, while challenger Vitor “the Young Dinosaur” Belfort hit 204.2 lbs in his first fight at the 205lbs weight class since 2007.
The two men who will make history in the first ever UFC flyweight title fight – Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson – scaled 124.4 lbs and 125lbs respectively while in the eagerly awaited middleweight showdown Michael “the Count” Bisping hit 185.6lbs while “All-American” Brian Stann tipped 185.4 lbs. Much like they did at yesterday’s press conference, Bisping and Stann went nose to nose in a tense stare down.
Belfort said: “I’m ready. The Young Dinosaur is ready.”
Jones said: “It’s time to defend my belt.”
Full weigh-in results for tomorrow’s big card at the Air Canada Centre:
Pay-Per-View Main Card, 7pm PT, 10pm ET
UFC light heavyweight championship Jon Jones (204.6 lbs) vs. Vitor Belfort (204.2 lbs)
UFC flyweight championship: Joseph Benavidez (124.4 lbs) vs. Demetrious Johnson (125 lbs)
Middleweight: Michael Bisping (185.6 lbs) vs. Brian Stann (185.4 lbs)
Light heavyweight: Matt Hamill (205.6 lbs) vs. Roger Hollett (203.6 lbs)
Featherweight Cub Swanson (145.8 lbs) vs. Charles Oliveira (146.2 lbs*)
Prelim fights, FX in Canada, Sportsnet in Canada, 5pm PT, 10pm ET
Light heavyweight: Vinny Magalhaes (204.8 lbs) vs. Igor Pokrajac (205 lbs)
Lightweight: Evan Dunham (155 lbs) vs. T.J. Grant (154.6 lbs)
Welterweight: Lance Benoist (170.4 lbs) vs. Sean Pierson (169.4 lbs)
Featherweight: Marcus Brimage (145.4 lbs) vs. Jim Hettes (145.8 lbs)
Welterweight: Seth Baczynski (171 lbs) vs. Simeon Thoresen (170.4 lbs)
Bantamweight: Mitch Gagnon (135 lbs) vs. Walel Watson (135.2 lbs)
Welterweight: Kyle Noke (170.4 lbs) vs. Charlie Brenneman (170.8 lbs)
* Oliveira originally weighed in at 146.4 – he came in at 146.2 on his second attempt and the fight will go on as scheduled.
UFC® 152: JONES vs. BELFORT, presented by Assassin’s Creed III, Igniting the Revolution on October 30th, will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on Shaw Communications, Bell TV, Sasktel and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition.
Also, tonight, the second episode of The Ultimate Fighter Friday airs on FX in the US at 10pm E/P, where vicious smack-talk erupts in the TUF house and coaches Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin begin training their team to be the next Ultimate Fighter. Plus, two welterweights face off in the first preliminary fight of the season.
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Coming up next: UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, September 22nd from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 152 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com