The world is a little less than a day away from seeing the opening round of most significant heavyweight tournament in Mixed Martial Arts history and Five Ounces of Pain will be here to ride the roller-coaster with readers throughout. The festivities began today in New Jersey as headliners Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Silva stepped on the scale along their promotional peers and weighed in for tomorrow night’s event.
All of the show’s main card fighters made weight meaning the event will go on as originally scheduled. Incredibly, Emelianenko (230) weighed in nearly 35 pounds lighter than “Bigfoot” who clocked in at 264. Comparably, fellow Grand Prix participant Andre Arlovski (242) only gave up eight pounds to quarterfinal opponent Sergei Kharitonov who was 250 lbs. on the dot
Five Ounces is on the ground in East Rutherford for the event and will provide exclusive, live coverage from the arena courtesy of Jeremy Lambert, Saturday starting around 7:00 PM EST.
Here is a complete listing of “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva” weigh-in results as revealed thus far:
Don Carlo-Clauss (170.5 lbs) vs. Sam Oropeza (169.75 lbs)
Jason McLean (145.5 lbs) vs. Kevin Roddy (145.75 lbs)
Anthony Leone (146.25 lbs)* vs. Josh LaBerge (145.75 lbs)
Igor Gracie (170.75 lbs) vs. John Salgado (170 lbs)
Marc Stevens (156.5 lbs)** vs. John Cholish (155.75 lbs)
Valentijn Overeem (239 lbs) vs. Ray Sefo (249 lbs)
Gian Villante (229 lbs) vs. Chad Griggs (227 lbs)
Shane del Rosario (248 lbs) vs. Lavar Johnson (243 lbs)
Andrei Arlovski (242 lbs) vs. Sergei Kharitonov (250 lbs)
Fedor Emelianenko (230 lbs) vs. Antonio Silva (264 lbs)
* – Has been given an hour to drop the remaining 0.25 pounds in order to make the featherweight limit
** – Cholish agreed to accept the fight with Stevens regardless of Stevens being a half-pound over the lightweight limit