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(Photo courtesy of Combat Lifestyle.)

Well, the first of two weigh-ins for Wednesday night’s UFC Fight Night 21 on Spike TV went off without a hitch.  Now the boys have to worry about weigh-in number two tomorrow morning, where they can’t be more than thirteen pounds heavier than the official weight they clocked in at today. 

It’s an interesting policy to try and ensure that fighters aren’t cutting too much weight, but if they’re re-weighing them again in the morning, whether than right before fight time, you have to wonder whether it will really achieve the desired result.  Also, thirteen pounds seems pretty arbitrary.  For lightweights, it’s a pretty decent amount of leeway, but what if "Big Country" wants to hit the buffet?  Who does North Carolina think they are that they can tell him when to put down the fork?  That’s a decision that is between Roy and God.

Full weigh-in results are after the jump.

Kenny Florian (156) vs. Takanori Gomi (155)
Roy Nelson (263) vs. Stefan Struve (248)
Nate Quarry (186) vs. Jorge Rivera (186)
Ross Pearson (156) vs. Dennis Siver (156)
Andre Winner (156) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (156)
Ronys Torres (155) vs. Jacob Volkmann (155)
Nik Lentz (155) vs. Rob Emerson (154)
Gleison Tibau (156) vs. Caol Uno (156)
Yushin Okami (184) vs. Lucio Linhares (184)
Gerald Harris (186) vs. Mario Miranda (186)
Jason High (170) vs. Charlie Brenneman (170)


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CheckHisPee- March 31, 2010 at 3:35 pm
@LetMeStickItInYou: +1, classic
kimo sabe- March 31, 2010 at 8:35 am
SC native here would like to meet u at the NAGA in charlotte MAY 8.
kimo sabe- March 31, 2010 at 8:32 am
we got bojangles too

rlh61- March 31, 2010 at 7:48 am
I was going to bring up the HS/College wrestling thing. These kids typically weigh in an hour or so before the first match, then wrestle as many as 5 to 6 times a day. For two day tourney's they have to weigh in again the second morning usually with a one or two pound allowance, then potentially wrestle another 5 to 6 matches. I'm still skeptical as to how well the certification process works as this is the first year we've had to do it in Arizona.

Anyway, my point is if we can have 13 year old kids following a match-day weigh in process, why can't we do it with professionals? I don't care too much one way or the other, but I do get tired of hearing about how much bigger one guy is than another when they are supposed to be fighting the same wieght. I know that's not really applicable to hwt, but two guys that weigh in at 170.5 at the weigh in should be close to that weight (or each other's weight) at fight time, right?
NOTSOB- March 31, 2010 at 7:42 am
@ Ace
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Ace- March 31, 2010 at 7:29 am
Not the best idea in my opinion. The guys who are fighting are pro athletes, they know how there bodies work. If they want to cut 25 pounds, take an IV and be ready to fight the next day, then why the hell not? Guys like Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar and even Shane Carwin all have to cut weight to make heavyweight. The last thing they want to do is not be fully hydrated for the day of the fight. They do weight certification's in college and now high school wrestling which is essential. These athletes aren't professionals, and aren't surrounded by nutritionists, personal trainers, ect. But let the pros cut there weight. I haven't heard of any UFC fighter dieing from dehydration? but I could be wrong.
Neggar Wants a Watermelon- March 31, 2010 at 7:13 am
Gotta dodge the magnum.
iDestroy- March 31, 2010 at 7:11 am
My roommate is from South Curolina, and he's kinda gay. Just sayin.
ReX13- March 31, 2010 at 6:10 am
NC native here. Please don't confuse us with those people down there.

rlh61- March 31, 2010 at 6:08 am
Boxing has considered changing the weigh-in format for a while now. I'm not sure the '13-pound rule' is the right way to go...I'd love to see how they came up with 13.

I still think weigh-ins the day of the fight is way to do it rather then weighing in the day before. I'm sure there are health concerns related to guys that will still cut too far and not be able to hydrate prior to fight time. I also think you would see a natural realignment in divisions because of guys that would no longer cut too far.

You probably would also have to either move the hwt class max up to 285 (like wrestling) or create a super-heavyweight division. If you impose a fight-day weigh-in at 265, guys like Lesnar and Carwin would have hell making weight and being able to perform.
rocejize- March 31, 2010 at 5:33 am

Obviously, you have never been to Alabama. All that "brother and sisters getting busy" stuff, that's in Georgia and Mississippi. We can't help that we are wedged in between them.
Komodo- March 31, 2010 at 4:05 am
Stoked to see Gomi in the mix... I hope he comes in and does some damage.
fatbellyfrank- March 31, 2010 at 1:15 am
And I'm taking Big Roy v Buffet in a decision on this one, no way he's gonna let this one end early!
Dropkick_Murphy- March 31, 2010 at 12:18 am
omunto wins the interwebs for the tarbabies reference! They do have a great breakfast though
fatbellyfrank- March 30, 2010 at 11:35 pm
No way I'd be getting in between Big Country and the Buffet,
robthom- March 30, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Kinda awesome in ways I'm sure, I've got some good friends from there, but I hear about weird stuff in the same sentence with Ohio more than I would expect to be average.
Like some kind of a midwest california or something.

ghostboner- March 30, 2010 at 10:53 pm
Also, I thought Christmas was 170?
ghostboner- March 30, 2010 at 10:27 pm
I don't think NC is the only state with this rule. I am pretty sure the Cerrone-Henderson fight last year had to be bumped, imo because of this rule. I think it was in Ohio?
LetMeStickItInYourRua- March 30, 2010 at 10:12 pm
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Here we belong, fighting to survive
In a world with the darkest powers, heh
And here we are, we're the princes of the universe
Here we belong, fighting for survival
We've come to be the rulers of you all

I am immortal, I have inside me blood of kings - yeah - yeah
I have no rival, no man can be my equal
Take me to the future of you all

- This means nothing. Just was reading through the comments section when Highlander came on and I decided to share the awesome.
ReDx- March 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm
I got to meet Nate Quarry tonight, he came into my work and I got to wait on him and his crew. Real cool guy. Stitch and the cut crew also came in and I talked to him for a bit, he was twittering at the table saying where he was at. Then a few nights ago Eddie Bravo came in.
Walrus- March 30, 2010 at 8:14 pm
Cmon Big Country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nom nom nom nom
LastEmperor- March 30, 2010 at 7:42 pm
Hey, I'm from NC. I love my state! haha.

If you're looking for brother and sisters getting busy go to West Virgina or Alabama, thanks.
robthom- March 30, 2010 at 7:22 pm
And probably kinda difficult.

robthom- March 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm
Weird rule.

Since when did north carolina become more expert on MMA then every other state thats been doing it for years?

Not that some type of rule to limit weight cutting wouldn't have merit, but as pointed out in the article just 13 pounds across all weight classes sounds half baked and barely considered at best.

"why not just say that you can't exceed the next weight class up, ... for example, the lightweights can't go over 170..."

This makes a hell of a lot more sense IMO.
As Good As Anyone- March 30, 2010 at 7:18 pm
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