by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
(Photos by Greg Ashman
Strikeforce womens‘ middleweight title bout between
Gina Carano and Cris “Cyborg” Santos is now official. The two had no trouble
making weight on Friday and will meet Saturday night at the HP Pavilion.
weighed in four-and-a-half pounds over for her fight against Kaitlin Young and struggled to make weight against Kelly
Kobold, this time was two pounds under. She stepped on the scale at 143 pounds.
Her bout with Cyborg has a weight limit of 145 pounds.
depleted. I feel good. I didn’t have to go in the sauna,” Carano told Ron Kruck on InsideMMA after the
weigh-in. “I’m a little more with it this weigh-in.”
about her opposition, Carano said it was Cyborg’s
“aggressive style” that she’ll have to most watch out for. “She’s just a good
weighed in at 144.5 pounds. For her last bout, against Hitomi Akano, she was
also over weight, a whopping seven pounds.
weighing in, Cyborg told InsideMMA that this bout
being the headliner is “the payment for all the work the women fighters are
doing in MMA.”
she said, “I’m aware Gina is the female face of MMA (right now). It will be
different in a couple months.”
revealed her plan for inside the cage on Saturday night. “I am going to be Cris
Cyborg, aggressive. I will do everything I always do in a fight.”
“Babalu” Sobral also came in weigh underweight for his fight, his first
Strikeforce light heavyweight title defense, weighing 201 pounds. He defends
his belt against a new name to most American fans, Gegard Mousasi, who weighed
in at 204 pounds.
Melendez and Mitsuhiro Ishida, meeting for the Strikeforce interim lightweight
championship, both were spot-on at 155 pounds.
Taylor, who steps in as a late replacement for Nick Diaz against Jay Hieron,
initially weighed in at 172 pounds. Given one hour to lose at least one pound,
he weighed in at 169.5 pounds on his second attempt, making the fight official.
card for Strikeforce “Carano vs. Cyborg” airs live on Showtime Saturday night
-Gina Carano (143)
vs. Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (144.5)
-Renato "Babalu" Sobral (201) vs. Gegard Mousasi (204)
-Gilbert Melendez (155) vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida (155)
-Fabricio Werdum (228) vs. Mike Kyle (219)
-Jesse Taylor (169.5) vs. Jay Hieron (169)
-Mike Cook (205) vs. Scott Lighty (205)
-David Douglas (156) vs. Justin Wilcox (154)
-James Terry (169) vs. Zac Bucia (170)
Trevino (156) vs. Isaiah Hill (156)
(Editor’s Note: This
article was updated at 11:15 p.m. Friday to reflect Jesse Taylor making weight
on his second attempt and at 9:35 a.m. Saturday to correct information about
the timing of Carano failing to make weight against Kaitlin