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Ah, beautiful Omaha, Nebraska. Where any mention of the Cornhuskers is enough to work a crowd into a frenzy. I just returned from the Ultimate Fight Night 15 weigh-in, which was fairly uneventful except for the odd fact that every single fighter weighed in precisely on the mark. Every middleweight hit 185 on the button. Every lightweight, 155 exactly. You get the picture. It was eerie. Makes you wonder if the athletic commission here isn’t just phoning it in. One guy who seemed a bit nervous about the whole thing was Clay Guida, who stepped on the scale as if he were trying to sneak up on it. Maybe his brother’s troubles have him worried.
But the most interesting thing to happen at the weigh-in had nothing to do with the fighters on Wednesday night’s card. Before things got underway, Matt Hughes answered questions from the fans who arrived early. He talked at length about how good Robbie Lawler is, how he wouldn’t advise Lawler to fight Anderson Silva, but would like to see him face Georges St. Pierre, whose stand-up game is not as good as Lawler’s, according to Hughes.
“I know I want to see that fight,” he said. “I wouldn’t even want to corner Robbie. I’d just want to sit on the side and watch.”
But then, when the Q&A session was over, Hughes asked for a couple extra minutes on the mic. He said that he often gets asked about his most memorable story in the fight game, and then proceeded to share, unprompted, a tale from his “pre-Christian” days.
It seems Hughes was down in New Orleans and on Bourbon Street with Pat Miletich and some of the boys after a fight. He and Miletich got into a drinking contest, chugging beers out on the street with both fists. They had just finished slamming a couple and were walking down the street when Miletich stopped and bent over to puke in the street. Then he walked a couple steps, puked some more, then kept going, stopped, and puked some more. At some point, Miletich looked over at Hughes and pointed to the gaping space where his false teeth should be. Pat Miletich, MMA great, had just realized that he puked out his false teeth.
So what did he do? He walked back and sifted through each pile of vomit until he found them. And when he found them? He poured beer on them, put them back in his mouth, and kept going.
If you still care about the official weigh-in results after that, they’re after the jump:
Dan Miller (185) vs. Rob Kimmons (185)
Mike Massenzio*(185) vs. Drew McFedries (185)
Jason Brilz (205) vs. Brad Morris (205)
Kyle Bradley (155) vs. Joe Lauzon (155)
Ryan Jensen (185) vs. Wilson Gouveia (185)
Joe Vedepo (185) vs. Alessio Sakara (185)
Eric Schafer (205) vs. Houston Alexander (205)
Alan Belcher (185) vs. Ed Herman (185)
Clay Guida (155) vs. Mac Danzig (155)
Josh Neer (155) vs. Nathan Diaz (155)
* When Massenzio was introduced, Joe Rogan appeared so bewildered by his last name that it became immediately clear that he had no idea who this person was. Should be interesting to see if he figures it out in time for tomorrow night’s broadcast on Spike TV.