UFC 168 weigh-ins - Silva/Weidman, Rousey/Tate on weight
Chris Weidman now takes his turn as the hunted.
Weidman checked in at 184 pounds, as he prepares to defend the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight crown against former champion Anderson Silva (185) in the UFC 168 main event on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Women’s bantamweight titleholder Ronda Rousey (135) and archrival Miesha Tate (135), who will duke it out for UFC gold in the co-headliner, also met their contracted weight requirements without issue at Friday’s official weigh-in.
Note - Almost all fighters were on weight. Diego Brandao was 7 lbs over.
Brock Lesnar returning to the UFC?
LAS VEGAS – With the biggest fight of the year going down on Saturday night at UFC 168, one of the UFC’s biggest draws might be cageside to view it.
This week there were rumors that heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar would attend Saturday night’s rematch between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman. Exactly why Lesnar is coming to Las Vegas for the fight has become a thing of speculation, but as usual people are beginning to whisper that maybe the UFC has something up its sleeve.
During Thursday’s post-press conference media scrum, UFC president Dana White was asked point blank if the UFC would take the opportunity to talk business with Lesnar.
"I honestly don’t know," he said, repressing a grin like a man who just might know more than he wanted to say. "Honestly?" somebody goaded. "Honestly," White said, "I don’t know."
Rodrigo Damm returns to lightweight after weight-cutting issues
Rodrigo Damm (11-6) is back to the lightweight division.
With a 2-1 record under the UFC banner, and coming off a decision victory over Mizuto Hirota, Damm returns to the 155-pound division to face Ivan Jorge (25-3) at UFC Fight Night 36 in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil, on Feb. 15. Forced to cancel a
featherweight bout with Hacran Dias on October, Damm blames weight-cutting issues for his decision to cut less weight for his next UFC fights.
UFC 168’s Chris Weidman on first Anderson Silva fight: ‘I don’t think I looked that good’
UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman doesn’t have any answers to the questions about which Anderson Silva will show up to Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday night in UFC 168’s pay-per-view headliner.
Will it be the focused Silva with incredibly accurate, one-shot power in his strikes? Or will it be the Silva who goofs around in the cage, taunting and publicly humiliating his foe in front of thousands in attendance and millions more watching at home?
To the reigning 185-pound champion, it doesn’t matter which version of “The Spider” walks into the arguably the biggest UFC fight of the year. Weidman is focused purely on which version of himself shows up.
Adlan Amagov not retired, dealing with undisclosed personal issues
UFC welterweight rising star Adlan Amagov has not retired, but he is taking some time off.
On Sunday, an Instagram account that appeared to be linked to the Red Fury Fight Team announced that Amagov had suddenly retired from MMA due to religious reasons, however, his co-manager Sam Kardan told MMAFighting.com on Monday that the account was fake and has since been deleted.
Mike Constantino, Amagov's co-manager, admitted Amagov is currently dealing with undisclosed issues.
"He has some personal stuff going on and will be off training and fighting until he is ready to return," Constantino said. "We will reevaluate in March."
When asked if he believed Amagov would retire, Constantino replied via text message, "hope not."