Wanderlei Silva and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson couldn’t just get up on the scales and call it a night. Nope, there had to be a little extra curricular activity, just to further steal the show with their third fight.
It was an intense staredown to begin with after each man made weight at the MGM Grand this afternoon. The two were nose to nose when Jackson said something that the microphones didn’t pick up, but it must have been naughty because Silva shoved him immediately. If you want my guess, Rampage was pulling out one of his old bad breath jokes. Silva has struggled long and hard with gingivitis, and dental stuff in general is a sensitive topic for him.
Dana White quickly got between them, followed by almost everyone else on the stage, just to play up the drama. I tell you, it was enough to make you miss Pride.
The rest of the weigh-in went smoothly and predictably. Frank Mir got booed. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Forrest Griffin both got very warm welcomes. And all fighters made weight (though Dean Lister did have to strip down to hit 186). The only other excitement was Cheick Kongo pulling the seventh-grade bully move of faking a lunge at Mostapha Al Turk during their staredown. To his credit, Al Turk didn’t flinch. Looks like Kongo won’t get those two free punches he was hoping for.
Full weigh-in results are after the jump. Don’t forget that we’ll be liveblogging all the action Saturday night, so tune in early and often.
Forrest Griffin (205) vs. Rashad Evans (203)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (246) vs. Frank Mir (251)
C.B. Dollaway (186) vs. Mike Massenzio (184)
Wanderlei Silva (203) vs. Quinton Jackson (206)
Mostapha Al Turk (237) vs. Cheick Kongo (233)
Dean Lister (186) vs. Yushin Okami (185)
Antoni Hardonk (246) vs. Mike Wessel (260)
Reese Andy (206) vs. Matt Hamill (205)
Ryo Chonan (171) vs. Brad Blackburn (170)
Dan Evensen (242) vs. Pat Barry (233)