All of the contestants participating in tomorrow night’s UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort” event tipped the scales today inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. There were a few glitches at today’s weight contest as main event fighter Vitor Belfort failed to make weight on his first three attempts.
Belfort missed his mark by a mere .25-pounds, however lightweight Efrain Escudero was over by a full pound. Both were given an additional hour to lose the extra weight and eventually hit their respective marks.
In addition, UFC announcer Joe Rogan made a surprising announcement that the scheduled lightweight fight between Hermes Franca and Tyson Griffin was changed to an agreed-upon 159-pound catchweight.
Considering Franca came in at exactly that weight, one could conclude that he knew last night he wouldn’t be able to make weight and reached out to Griffin’s camp to see if they would accept the fictitious weight division.
Don’t think that he won’t have to fork over some cheddar to Griffin if that is indeed the case.
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Here is how the weight contest played out:
Rafael dos Anjos (155.5) vs. Rob Emerson (155.5)
Vladimir Matyushenko (205) vs. Igor Pokrajac (203)
Eliot Marshall (204.75) vs. Jason Brilz (205.25)
Brian Foster (170.75) vs. Rick Story (170)
Nick Lentz (155) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (155.25)
Jim Miller (154.5) vs. Steve Lopez (154.5)
(Spike TV 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Drew McFedries (185.25) and Tomasz Drawl (185)
Efrain Escudero (157) vs. Cole Miller (155)*
(PPV 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Hermes Franca (159) vs. Tyson Griffin (155.5)#
Frank Trigg (170.25) vs. Josh Koshcheck (170)
Paul Daley (170) vs. Martin Kampmann (169.5)
Junior dos Santos (236) vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (226)
Rich Franklin (195) vs. Vitor Belfort (196) (195-pound Catchweight Bout)^
* – Escudero initially weighed in at 157, but eventually hit the 156-lb. maximum for his lightweight bout.
# – 159-Pound Catchweight Bout
^ – Belfort hit the following on his first three attempts: 197.5, 196.5, 196.25.