by Chris Anthony for MMAWeekly.com
LONDON – The fighters for Saturday’s Cage Rage 24 event a Wembley Arena weighed in today at the Wembley Plaza Hotel. All the fighters made weight.
The main event features Murilo “Ninja” Rua, fresh off a loss of his EliteXC middleweight title, against Xavier Foupa Pokam. Ninja will be looking to start a new streak as he was on a three-fight tear before being derailed by Robbie Lawler in September. Pokam is currently on a five-fight streak of his own, but Ninja is likely to be one of his toughest tests to date.
There was some tension throughout the weigh-ins, but nothing that ever got out of hand.
Saturday’s event marks the introduction of random drug testing at Cage Rage events. All championship fights will have both fighters tested, while other fighters will be selected at random.
As usual for Cage Rage events, the use of elbows on the ground is illegal. Cage Rage officials also mentioned their efforts to have elbows removed from EliteXC and potentially other MMA events due to the excessive cuts that they believe often lead to early stoppages and boring fights.
The event is being broadcast live on Sky Sports in the U.K. and streamed on the Internet at ProElite.com.
Cage Rage 24 Weigh-in Results (in reverse fight order):
Xavier Foupa Pokam (83.9 kg/185 lbs) vs. Murilo Rua (83.9 kg/185 lbs)
Elvis Sinosic (93.0 kg/205 lbs) vs. Paul Cahoon (91.5 kg/202 lbs)
Drew Fickett (77.0 kg/170 lbs) vs. Mark Weir (76.9 kg/169.5 lbs)
Marios Zaromskis (77.0 kg/170 lbs) vs. Ross Pointon (76.7 kg / 169 lbs)
Tom Watson (83.9 kg/185 lbs) vs. Mark Epstein (83.9 kg/185 lbs)
George Castro (110 kg/242.5 lbs) vs. Mark Buchanan (104 kg/229 lbs)
Robert Berry (113 kg/249 lbs) vs. Neil Grove (136 kg/300 lbs)
Ivan Serati (92.5 kg/204 lbs) vs. Lee Hasdell (93.0 kg/205 lbs)
Robbie Olivier (70.2 kg/155 lbs) vs. Abdul Mohammed (70.1 kg/154.5 lbs)
Robert Paczkow (150 kg/331 lbs) vs. James McSweeney (105 kg/231.5 lbs)
Jordan Miller (65.5 kg/144.5 lbs) vs. Ronnie Mann (65.4 kg/144 lbs)